During the trip leading up to the early morning alms giving ceremony along Th Sisavangvong in Luang Prabang, I had already witnessed many times the robed monks with their tubs and bags collect food from small tables in front of homes and storefronts. Particularly at high-end homes, I witnessed a maid man a table early in the morning to pass out food to intermittent groups of monks.
But this event is a tourist-driven event with busloads of tourists buying not only prepared food to give to monks, but also a bench seat against the wall of the monastery.
As the monks came out and began the morning ritual, I was underwhelmed since the sincerity wasn't there. It turned into a photo-op.
By 6:45 I was returning to the hotel for breakfast.
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