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7-Day Private Guided Myanmar Classic Tour with Hotel Accommodations
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“dining hall” (9 reviews)
“monks live” (7 reviews)
“daily meal” (7 reviews)
Amarapura, Amarapura, Myanmar
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's an interesting place indeed, go in the morning when the monks are collecting alms. Don't go in the afternoon when there is no activity to watch. While you are there, you may also visit their kitchen and cafeteria, but always ask for permission first....More

Thank Geminican
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of our tour and it was all very colourful, but I felt really uncomfortable watching the monks queuing up for their meal. It was a human zoo, all they needed was a "Don't poke the Monks" sign. I certainly wouldn't want hundreds...More

Thank Nick N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This huge (mini village into the village) monastery is definitely a must! The breakfast time at 10:15am is way too crowded but its really really impressing! Just too many tourist way too disrespectful and it felt even worse than in a zoo. So if you...More

Thank Noémie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spend many days with this guy and it totally worth it,we went to many places even outside of Mandalay,he even took me to the famous De Doke waterfall,he swam with me too.what I like about him is that he's always punctual and give reasonable...More

Thank Shervin L
Reviewed September 26, 2017

Saw 1500 Buddhist Monks and novices receive their meal of the day from sponsors, saw the massive area where meals are prepared, was very hot and lots of tourists

Thank monkeygirl18
Reviewed September 15, 2017

All tourist groups (including big Chinese, Korean and Japanese groups) are brought there for the lunch ceremony of the monks. There were nearly more tourists then monks at one point. But still it was nice to see the monks lining up for food and then...More

Thank Lukas L
Reviewed August 17, 2017

Watching 2,000 or so monks process into a series of dining halls, being served food by volunteer donors was a very interesting sight. When we went there was a young man entering the novitiate and he and two sisters were dressed as royalty, recalling the...More

Thank donandkeo
Reviewed July 21, 2017

I didn't know what to expect when I saw that we were coming here. We saw hundreds of monks from all ages as well as nuns. We watched as they headed for their lunch altogether in a hall and all the while in silence. It...More

2  Thank Slim5144
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

This place is known for letting tourists view the daily line up of monks for food and viewing some of the grounds where monks live. Just remember to be respectful. They are used to tourists taking pictures but stand to the side. Don't get in...More

1  Thank emily830419
Reviewed June 26, 2017

Mahagandayon Monastery is famous not only in Myanmar but also all over the world. Although there are two kinds of monk in Myanmar,; Student monk and Forest monk, there can be seen only student monk in Mahagandayon monastery. Over 1000 monks are living and studying...More

1  Thank Tamu p
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December 7, 2016|
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Response from petercrawley | Reviewed this property |
If there are two of you traveling best to, as it gets crowded, one grab a good spot to view at around 10.30. Second person visit kitchen, dining halls, and other interesting buildings to take non-crowded photos. Return to... More