Lumbini Monastic Site

Lumbini Monastic Site

Lumbini Monastic Site
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan1,697 contributions
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You can visit Buddhist temples from around the world. You can admire the architectural designs of each country’s temple.
Most temples will deny entry if you don’t wear garments that cover your shoulders and knees.
Best to rent a bicycle or motorbike to tour the area yourself. Watch out for terribly paved streets and cow feces.
Written August 1, 2022
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venkatesh501
Belgaum, India161 contributions
Couples
LUMBINI in Nepal is a birth place of Lord Buddha and a holy place of Buddhism. There are several Monestries in entire campus constructed by countries promoting Buddhism and for the convenience, benefit of the people from those countries visiting this Holy Place. Tourist can hire tricycle to go around all the monestries. The birth place of Lord Buddha is well preserved and boards are installed for the tourists to know the importance of the Place. Very impressive place to visit.
Written September 25, 2015
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Holidays to Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal33 contributions
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Lumbini is the peerless landmark of the Buddhist world. It is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. It is recognized as a pilgrimage of all the people of the who follow Buddhism. UNESCO enlisted Lumbini as a world heritage site in 1997 AD. The Ashok pillar which was made by emperor Ashoka in 245 BC is located here. Some other attractions of Lumbini are Puskarini pond, Maya Devi temple, monasteries, stupas, libraries, museums and research center. One should visit in their lifetime.
Written December 6, 2015
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Christine B
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What could be a place of harmony and peaceful reflection is one of filth, loud music, and what seemed to be a good idea at the time but never got finished. Lack of security, expanse, and isolation makes this a predator's haven. Please be careful girls wandering around the area, especially in the late afternoon. A bunch of male Tuk-tuk drivers seems to congregate mocking the foreign women. It's only a matter of time before someone is attacked. It is badly signposted so unless you are on a tuk-tuk tour good luck with finding the temples. The Cambodian, Myanmar and Thai temples are along a dusty, dirty, unsealed road. You will pass signs that say "please be silent" "please don't play loud music over speakers in the picnic area", "please don't litter." Totally pointless because any semblance of quiet or peaceful enjoyment of the temples is shattered by people yelling into their phones or at each other. Buddha's birthplace backs onto the picnic area where people do what the sign tells them not to do...play loud music over speakers. The waterways are polluted with rubbish that people were too lazy to put in the bin. Signs on the bins advising people to keep "Lumbini clean" are only written in English...so apparently the English are the ones throwing crap on the ground & into the water. I found it very difficult to find any level of spirituality in this place. If the Taj Mahal was treated with such disrespect there would be worldwide condemnation.
Written March 15, 2022
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Ricardo R
Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,798 contributions
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Many budhist countries contributes with this place and each conubtry constructed a caracteristic temple in this area. So we find thai, cambodian, indian, nepali, japanese temple among many others. I think the most beautiful is the Mianmar pagoda.
The temples are scattered in a big area, difficult to see them all by walking.
Best to hire a cycle rickshaw and go to see most of them and the Maya Devi temple ( Boudha´s birth place ). I bargained a cycle rickshaw for 300 nepali rupees for a 3 hs ride and saw many of them. From the border we can take a bus to Bairahawa and then another to Lumbini, the bus stop is in front Maya Devi temple and each bus is around 25 rupees.
Written October 28, 2017
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sangeetasrivastava
Lucknow, India130 contributions
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We visited Lumbini in November 2014.This is the birth place of Gautam Budhdha. We rented a maruti car taxi and visited different monastries built by several countries. We went to French, German, Burmese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Singaporean and Nepalese monastic sites along with Mayadevi temple, Ashoka pillar, peace flame and World Peace Pagoda.
Written October 21, 2015
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vikast_11
Huntington Beach, CA94 contributions
Family
Lumbini is a holy city for Buddhists, so those visiting on a pilgrimage should enjoy their time at the site. A more casual tourist may find the site does not live up to the standards of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The main attractions of the Monastic site are the birthplace of Buddha and Buddhist monasteries constructed by the Buddhist communities from the around the world.

The birthplace of Buddha, the Maya Devi Temple, was serene. However, most of the temple consists of a wood walkway surrounding temple ruins and a highlight of where Lord Buddha was born. Getting to the Maya Devi Temple requires about a 15 minute walk from the main entrance of the grounds, which can be challenging in Nepalese summers.

The monasteries built by Buddhist communities around the world can be interesting. Each monastery reflects the nation's architecture and view of Buddhism. The monasteries are spread out throughout the area and require some type of taxi to get from some monasteries to others. The Myanmar (Burma), Thai and German monasteries were particularly interesting. Other monasteries weren't particularly exciting or notable, such as India's monastery.

The heat of May made walking between monasteries a bit of a challenge. Moreover, the overall area did not seem well maintained. Many of the water features were turned off and were collecting dust.
Written May 28, 2019
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antalkovacss
Bonn, Germany5 contributions
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I think I had too high expectations concerning Lumbini. The site is actually a huge square compound built in the middle of a very undeveloped village-town-field area inhabited by people who look and speak like Indians. Walking alone i the surrounding villages is maybe not the best thing I would do, especially after 4-5 PM... I also think that the megalomaniac palaces that they erected in the name of Buddhism there, do not anyhow remind one of Gautama Buddha's teachings of modesty...I was traveling so far to get to this place, and was lightly disappointed, to say the truth. Some monasteries care more about your donations than anything else. I stayed a few days in the house of my Nepalese friend, so I cannot describe the accommodation. But my Russian friend wanted to stay in the Chinese Temple, ad they refused him, saying only Chinese people can stay there. It felt unpleasant. Maya Devi Temple is but relatively modest and a strong feeling. So I do recommend Lumbini, just that count with a one-day visit and rather return to Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan...
Written April 25, 2017
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Luca N
Kandoomaafushi Island123 contributions
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Located near katmandu, it is a very deep experience, even you are not buddhist. There's The main site, simple where siddharta was born, All around temples of buddhists of several lineage. Definitelly reccomended
Written August 22, 2016
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NMW
Sydney, Australia143 contributions
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Don't miss it. Why come to Nepal and miss the most important part? Research this place before you front up. Take an umbrella, hat, water, snack, sunscreen (depending on the season), torch, a plastic bag, toilet paper and good walking shoes that you can easily slip off.

Bring donation money and boxes of "Dana" for the Monks and Nuns. Food and common goods can be hard to come by in Lumbini. Shop in Kathmandu or in India before heading here. Bulk purchase items like toothbrushes, washing powder, razors and shave cream, soap, first aid supplies and vitamins will be really appreciated. The best thing to give is wholesale food supplies like a big sack of RICE, FLOUR, MAIZE and a big tin of VEGETABLE OIL.

You will feel silly turning up with one cake of soap for an entire Monastery. Obviously, you can't accommodate the hundreds of Monks you will come across. It's not compulsory, but it will be a mutually rewarding gesture. You will probably be invited to stay for lunch, dinner and overnight. In the Buddhist tradition, Monks can only possess what is given to them. They will love you for it, as there is really nothing in the way of facilities and supply stores out here.

A small entry fee is required and payable at the Admissions Office. Security will point you in the right direction. Maps are available from your Guesthouse or the Admissions Office also.

Remember, Lumbini is sacred and is frequented by Buddhist pilgrims, the sick and the dying. Be respectful and observe kindness and compassion for anyone you come across. There are no bars, discos or dance floors here.

May you be happy, well and peaceful.
Written February 20, 2015
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