Mahagandayon Monastery
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Mar 2019
This is a famous monastery located close to Taungthaman Lake. It is a home of several thousands of young monks. U-Bein bridge famous for sunset views was built halfway across this lake, but we would visit that on the way back during the sunset. The monastery was founded in 1914 and is known as a center for monastic study and strict religious discipline. It is a home of several thousands of young monks. U-Bein bridge famous for sunset views was built halfway across this lake, but we would visit that on the way back during the sunset. The monastery was founded in 1914, and is known as a center for monastic study and strict religious discipline.
We saw the resident monks walking barefoot silently and systematically to their meal room. Though most of the area of the monastery is open to visitors, it may get very disturbing for the monks to have their meal peacefully, so visitors are restricted to their meal room and also visitors should be aware of not touching them.
We also came across a cat, in fact, many cats later on, who are also sheltered in the monastery.
Written February 20, 2020
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jwgbusiness
Thornhill, Canada149 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a school for young monks where they live, eat and get their training. There is a lunch procession in the morning when the monks with jars march the streets of their compound in calm, silence and without emotion. Visitors in large numbers line the streets and provide money and alms to the monks as they pass by, a beautiful sight to behold. Most of these are very young boys, perhaps orphans or come from poor family. We were happy to witness this event.
Written February 8, 2020
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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,934 contributions
Dec 2019
Lots of people eager to watch the long line of monks going to their meal. The monks emerge from the various buildings of the monastery and walk down the lane. Crowds gather on both sides. Some will give food to the monks. I have been to Yangon to watch a similar procession but here they do not let you use a camera, big or small (photographing with mobile phones are allowed). It is difficult to take a good picture with a mobile phone when there are hundreds of people in a congested space and the monks are moving. If they see you use a camera, they will gently ask you not to use it but there is no penalty.
Written January 6, 2020
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Charlotte
Kolding, Denmark393 contributions
Nov 2019
Hundreds of tourists gather at this monastery every morning around 10 as the munks will be going from their rooms to a common lunch at 11. They start their faste at 12, so this is the last time they eat until later in the night.
They walk in long processions with their food canteen passing all the tourists. Some tourists are very rude trying to interfer with the munks, but you are expected to stand quiertly and watch.
It is not allowed to use cameras - only mobilephones, this was due to rude chinese tourist who started a fight for the best picture... sad....
You are also allowed to walk around the monastery grounds. It is very nice and quiert - especially after all the busses leave again and you find nice photo spots.
Written February 23, 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Dec 2019
We agreed in advance to arrive early so as not only to see the procedure itself, but also to participate in it. We visited the monastery’s kitchen, participated in the preparation of dinner, and of course in the very procedure of distributing food. At the same time, all the monks from the head of the monastery to the young novices were in the refectory. Everything went very naturally.
Written January 11, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,531 contributions
Sep 2019 • Business
We watched the solemn procession of Buddhist monks, peacefully marching slowly to get their food and have their main (and possibly only) meal of the day. We got a glimpse of how the monks live in the monastery and their daily rituals. Well worth a visit. I believe that is monastery has the largest population of monks in Myanmar.
Written September 6, 2019
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Mandalay_Taxi_Rental
Myanmar11 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Very nice for visit and take photo.
Every morning 10.Am.start for offering. You should arrive there 9.50Am
Written December 2, 2018
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PedroWorth
Ashford, UK616 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
This is the largest teaching Buddhist monastery in Burma and accommodates over two thousand young monks. It was founded in 1914 and has now become part of every tour operators itinary. The reason for your visit is to watch the endless double queue of young novices shuffling quietly towards a massive cauldron of rice and thence to the dining rooms where they squat with their rice and other little goodies that have been donated. It's all very charming and quite humbling but at the same time very embarrassing. Tourists seem to have no respect for this everyday event and show little concern where they shove their cameras and jostle to get as close to the poor young men as possible. There are areas where tourists are not permitted but some flaunt the rules and go where they please just to get that special photo. This has led to a banning of public from the dining areas so at least they can eat in peace. You can visit the kitchens which are quite awesome. Huge vats bubbling over wood fires and piles of food everywhere and grisly men dropping their fag ash into the chopped vegetables. Great stuff. Beggars sit around and are given leftovers by the novices. I think this tourist attraction needs to close to anyone but Buddhists or maybe put on a heavy visitors charge to severely restrict numbers. If not this monastery will totally lose its gentle dignity and mass tourism will destroy this wonderful and peaceful academy of life.
Written January 14, 2015
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Erindel66
Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain4,965 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
It was Xmas day, and we arrived just in time for the lunch time at 10:00 am with our private car and it was a madness of cars inside the monastery. We visited the kitchens, where they were already cleaning and quickly went to the place when the monks stay in line waiting for their only meal of the day, all in silence. I must say that the tourist were also in silence, which is to thank and the only sound that you heard was the sound of the cameras shooting their pictures.

As we arrived late, I had to fight a little with the rest of tourist in order to take some good pictures, and after reading some of the comments of other travellers, I feel a bit shy because I was one ot those shooting my camera to the monks face... But all of us where there and did the same.

I agree with the fact that for them it must be very uncofortable as they are doing their daily life and there we were, disturbing their piece but they allow you to come in the dinning room if you don't wear shoes and stay with them (I didn't) ... so it mustn't bother them so much. I don't know. I asked that to my guide and told me it was OK and not to feel unconfortable, so I continued taking pictures.

It was a rare and confusing experience as I felt different feelings with the visit..

I suppose that if you visit it in a different time of the year (Xmas is peak time) there must be less tourist and the experience must be better
Written April 5, 2015
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Kanokkaan
Bangkok, Thailand311 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Four of us were only tourists there.
It was a peaceful monastery and impressive amount of monks calmly lined up for the final meal of the day.
There was nothing we could do but took photographs.
Written May 8, 2019
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