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“Great as long as tourist show respect”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Was worth getting up before sunrise to wait on the street to watch literally hundred of monks.Shame so many Chinese tourists did not obey the courtesy rules and stood in front of the monks photographing them too close.

Thank Nanadid
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is the most 'spiritual' experience we've ever had. Show up along the route at 6.00a.m. each morning and see these proud Monks being offered
their daily food by locals and visitors alike. Keep a respectful distance and
try not to overwhelm with cameras as we noticed some folk.

Thank Celticlondoner
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

It is certainly well worth getting out of bed early to view this wonderful ceremony. But what slightly spoilt it for me was the huge numbers of visitors getting up close to the monks, cameras flashing people talking, car music going. It is meant to be a peaceful and reverent ceremony. Please bear this in mind when attending and be respectful of the monks.

Thank Bobbie T
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a religious ritual and it has turned into a monk circus. Hoards of tourists shoving cameras in monks faces and taking flash photos showing absolutely no respect. You can see how uncomfortable and embarrassed many of the monks are. Sure, go and take some food to donate and do so in a respectful way but please don't shove cameras in their faces

1  Thank Tess13
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

It is very worthwhile to rise early and find a spot on the streets for the traditional alms giving ritual. Your experience will vary depending on location, your purpose, and the tourists who will inevitably be in your area.

I was only in Luang Prabang for three days and hoped to get one decent photo of the ritual, and it wasn't until the third day that I met that goal. I was overwhelmed by mobs of disrespectful photo in the face flashing paparazzi tourists the first day and wasn't in the best position on the second day. I thought my third day would be another failure (due to another mob of tourist paparazzi), but I was fortunate to get a decent shot from a less traveled venue on the other side of the street.

If you plan to give alms to the monks and ignore the disrespectful tourists flocking to the event, your experience will be much more positive.

Thank moviegeekjn
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