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“More of a show than an authentic experience”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Interesting to watch but all just felt a bit too touristy, perhaps this was my fault for hanging around where I was dropped off rather than wandering away from the masses. All the people giving alms to the Buddhists were tourists who'd bought food from sellers on the streets.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I was so thrilled, and it was a previlleged to participate in such a sacred ceremony! Highly recommended to everyone!

A small tip: Some local ladies will keep giving you rice, candy and biscutes for offering when they see you run out. Please don't because they are all charged!

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

a really unique scene where you can see monks and novices from several temples in lines. but it is such a shame to see tourists with non-stop flashing camera.
reminder here, please DO respect them. you can take as many pic as you like but PLEASE switch off the flash.

Thank hyin123
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This early morning experience (about 6-ish) was the highlight of my first visit to Luang Prabang. Its not a tourist event but a religious exchange between the local Buddhist people and the monks - and it's a silent affair. Please ask your hotel how to behave if you wish to attend, and do not buy food from local poor people to give to the monks - its leftovers and waste, and is an insult to the monks. Go, experience a little wonder, and come away with a little extra spirituality.

Thank Nigel-Traveller
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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.

Thank CPSBangkok
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