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“Poignant!”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Albury, Australia
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“Poignant!”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

Find a back street away from the main 'night market' area and you will experience the real thing. Unfortunately the main street has been hijacked by local traders and bus loads of tourists who have spoilt the poignancy of this moving ritual. We stayed at Satri House. There is a monastery just a few meters up the road and the local women line the street to make their offerings as the monks return. If you want to participate, please observe the correct etiquette.

Visited May 2012
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“Spiritual experience”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Probably the highlight for me. Observing the giving of alms to the monks is not to be missed.The quietness as they progressed along the street in the early morning was visually beautiful. The only thing which spoiled the ceremony was some tourists did not observe a respectful distance from the monks when taking photos which was disappointing

Visited April 2012
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florida
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“Monks daily collection of alms”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

It was worth getting up at 5:30am to watch the monks collect alms. We were approached by a lady selling a basket of sticky rice and mini bananas to give to the monks. It was fun being part of this ceremony. Locals line the streets to give alms mainly sticky rice and bananas to the monks. It is quite colorful and apparently the last Buddist area that continues this tradition. Great photo opportunity.

Visited May 2012
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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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“If you really need to go be respectful”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Really, we don't understand why the alms giving is hyped as a major tourist attraction. We only watched from far and didn't take any pictures. Seeing tourists without any respect for local culture taking pictures of the monks at a distance of only 1-2 metres made us feel sorry for the monks and the the local people to whom this ritual actually means something.

Visited May 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“A moving morning ceremony”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

Based on reviewers recommendations, we awoke early and walked to the Alms Giving Ceremony. While we arrived about 45 minutes early (going on hotel rec rather than actual sunrise), we thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony and were very humbled by watching so many monks in their orange robes walk quietly through the streets to their morning prayers. Most of the tourists were thoughtful and respectful, unlike the experiences others have shared on the reviews, and the ceremony was well worth the early rising. I would highly recommend one getting up early and enjoying this moving experience.

Visited March 2012
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