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“WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mahamuni Pagoda

Mahamuni Pagoda
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$52.50*
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Private Half-Day Mandalay City Tour
Ranked #3 of 61 things to do in Mandalay
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Owner description: Mandalay's holiest shrine is a 12-foot bronze Buddha.
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is a MUST-DO on your trip. Don't miss out on the 4am face washing ceremony they do every day! It is a sight to behold, not just for the ceremony itself but also to watch the many devout locals pour out early in the morning to pray.

Visited March 2013
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Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Gold everywhere with a dash of European architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

An incredibly moving experience - the sheer opulence contrasted with the pure devotion of the faithful (who seemed to be steeped in poverty). There continues to be discrimination with only the men being allowed to touch the Buddha - and that adds to the charm of the place

Visited February 2013
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Johannesburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Really active and busy temple. Great opportunity to see and experience buddhism at work. Worth the trip, even if you're not on the way to Inla / Amarapura etc.

Visited February 2013
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Dongguan, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Not Worth a 4:30am Wake Up”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

This place was a lot less cool than we had thought. We got up early to see the monks washing the Buddha's face, and we instantly wished we hadn't ever left our beds. It is packed and difficult to see what is happening. The Buddha is beautiful and the bedlam is interesting, but it's definitely not a "once in a lifetime experience." If you do decide to go early in the morning, be sure to bring bug spray (to fend off the millions of mosquitoes) as well as small denominations of money to give to the monks collecting alms.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“A bit over the top for a non-Buddhist, but don't miss it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

As a non-Buddhist I can't quite understand the devotion to this Buddha image. The monks considering it a "living Buddha" and wash its face daily. Only men are allowed to apply gold leaf, which makes me ask "When did Buddha say women weren't allowed or equal?" There are temple guards who make sure stray women don't venture too close to the Buddha and upset the balance of segregation. It is very interesting to see and shouldn't be missed.

Visited January 2013
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