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“Interesting insight into local customs. ”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We went with a local guide to see the alms giving ceremony and chose to go a little away from the centre of town where there were less tourists and more local people. Around a couple of hundred monks and young novices in their orange robes came and filed along the side of the road collecting the days food from the locals who sat on mats by the road side to receive blessings. Once the procession starts it only takes a few minutes but is well worth seeing and getting up early in the morning.

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

We got up in the morning early and went out. We watched from a side street. We were appropriately dressed and didn't take our cameras ! We read many reviews and wanted to be respectful! Go for the memory! But don't go ruining this for the monks and run around taking selfies and yelling ! This is their life !!!

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Tourists have turned the traditional alms-giving ceremony into a gauntlet that the monks must run before going to temple. I felt sorry for them and for what we have done to them. People are up in their faces with cameras trying to get "that one really authentic shot" and it is not respectful. If you are curious to see it, stay at a distance and have a look.

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This was something we were keen to do despite the early start at 6am. It is humbling to see the monks walk down the streets collecting alms to enable them to exist and eat. The local people provide food and money to help the monks and to make a sacrifice which is part of the Buddhist culture. Any extra that the monks collect but don't need is given out and shared with the poor of the town. We were privileged to take part and give them rice and cookies. Definitely a unique experience

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Better to observe a way off to the side. It is not for tourists to participate. I saw some tourists jump out of a car, run up to the monks, and started taking pictures right up close. Just shameful. Maybe it is better for tourists to respect this local tradition by not being present?

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