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Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery

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Address: Bago, Myanmar
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US$ 125.00*
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Bago Hantharwaddy Kingdom and Ancient Pagodas Private Tour from Yangon
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Fascinating insight into monastic life, but far too many tourists.

We arrived quite early, so were able to look around the monastery kitchens and dining room and see lunch being prepared in bulk, and the meals being laid out. It was all very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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amsterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met a local guide at the station, mister Hlawin and he showed us around in the archeological zone on his motorcycle. This was the best tour we did, unplanned but awesome! You can reach this guy by phone +959260172262 or ask in the train station area... highly recommended!

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived quite early, so were able to look around the monastery kitchens and dining room and see lunch being prepared in bulk, and the meals being laid out. It was all very peaceful and quiet - at this point we were the only ones there. However the bus loads began to arrive and by the time the monks processed... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We watched the monks at prayers and lining up to receive their food for lunch. I believe there was about 200 of them that day. We also visited the kitchen and saw where they studied. I was surprised how big the place was.

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Thank Alan S
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery is one of three largest monasteries in the country, located in Bago (หงสาวดี), former capital of Myanmar. It is famous and very popular for Thai people to come to make merit. However the highlight here is to watch the long line of monks and novices file out in the early morning around 10.30am for their... More 

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Thank Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We have made a merit here. Simply and very quiet temple. Not beautiful as other temples with giant pagoda but you can see very local pace of Burmese people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Be there in time before 10.30 and lunchtime, when it's the monks parade with 500 monks receivings small gifts and food for luinch. Remember that this is a monastery and pay respect when you're there. It's better to visit a silent day to avoid many tourists.

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Thank TerjeHoegberg
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This place is known for monks parade for receiving food before 11am. Its quite crowded when its close to 11am so i suggest you to go there early and leave before the group tour otherwise you wont be able to get out. You can also making donation for rice (uncooked) which i think is better. It costs around 35000 Ks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

The train ride to Bago was wonderful... a bit bumpy, but if you travel in 'ordinary' class at least one direction, a great way to interact with the locals. The monastery is a 20 minute walk from the station, through the main market street. Just keep going, it will appear over a small rise a couple of hundred meters after... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Our guide took us to this monastery despite our mixed feelings. With most tourists it seems there is a sense of the exotic about monks, and we certainly snapped plenty of photos of them out and about during our time in Myanmar, but visiting as they lined up for lunch seemed a bit like being at a zoo to me.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I looked forward to this visit, and initially it was fabulous - moving around the space and understanding the way of life. I saw a massive lecture room where the monks listen to lectures and while we were there, a monk approached me and we chatted for a few minutes. He was 31 and started there at 14. From there... More 

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