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“Time out for soul searching and generosity”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
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“Time out for soul searching and generosity”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Our hotel assisted us with preparing rice and eggs for the Alms Giving on the main road. We set up 'camp' diagonally opposite Le Banneton Cafe and awaited the procession of saffron-robed monks to pass by. Normally we do this on a much smaller scale in Thailand, which makes you feel more connected to the occasion and the spirituality behind it. In Luang Prabang it is almost like a conveyor belt of monks going past so one feels a little hurried to ensure everyone (or as many as possible) receive. But when you realise and appreciate the gifts you have in life this really does not matter. The act of giving is the most important thing. But as the sign outside the temple says - only give willingly for there is no meaning otherwise.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A Must To Do in Luang Pra Bang”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

It is one in a life time experience, to give and see the generously and beauty of the Monks in Luang Pra Bang still go out at 6am to collect their alms from the resident of LPB. They come out in their beautiful orange robes all you could see a wave upon wave of orange robes of young and old monks passing by to collect their alms.
The only thing any woman cannot stand up when the monks pass by, she must kneel on the floor old culture as she is lower than men especaily when they pass her, but the man can stand and give them alms. Also she cannot allow her hands to touch them but for any man it is ok.

Regardless of this cultural difference, it is the most beautiful experience ever, a must!!

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A Worthy Experience”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

The alms offering ceremony is a form of merit making. Aside of the dishonest hawkers trying to make it off us, the experience itself is personal and worthy. Do not pay more than 10,000 Kp for the rice basket, and be careful of the 'extremely' good and eager service by the hawkers. EVERYTHING has a price to it. Do not accept any thing aside from what you are prepared to pay for. We were most disgusted was while the monks are in front of us and we were making our offerings, the hawkers would quietly be by your side 'helping' and replenishing your rice or supplies. They later attempted to charge us nearly USD10! I refused to give them anything, told them off and walked away. Totally disgusted.

Visited October 2012
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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“Very special moment”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Everyday at sun rise, the monks walk through the town to get the rice given by locals. It is amazing to see all these monks dressed in orange (very young to older ones) walk in silence through the street. It has become a bit touristic, and some people also give rice to them, but it seems more appropriate to just watch the procession.

Visited October 2012
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“early start but worth it!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Firstly it is not just a photo opportunity - spend 80p and buy some rice from the local ladies who get up at 4am to cook -The local people and tourists then put a little handful of rice into each of the bowls as the monks walk past in a very long line. It is a humbling experience - these poor villagers giving food to the monks. It begins around 6am and is worth the early start. You can always go back to bed afterwards!

Visited October 2012
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