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“Deep dive in to local culture”

Mahagandayon Monastery
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Maseru, Lesotho
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“Deep dive in to local culture”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

The second important monastery in Myanmar, many locals are coming from far away to pray and worship Buda.
Many photographic aprotunities

Visited May 2012
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“Exactly the same as Mahagandayon Monastery, entries should be merged”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

Maha Ganayon Kyaung is exactly the same place as Mahagandayon Monastery. Kyaung is the Burmese word for Monastery or other religious complex – of any religion except Islamic which has a different word, not just Buddhist. Maha Ganayon is just an alternate spelling of Mahagandayon. As a double check, googling Maha Ganayon Kyaung brings up exactly the same pictures as Mahagandayon Monastery does. The two Trip Advisor entries should be merged into a single entry. As can be same from my attached photo, the Monastery itself has the preferred spelling of Mahagandhayon Monastic Institution.
See my entry under Mahagandayon Monastery for further details of my visit there.

Visited November 2011
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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“Interesting to be able to see one aspect of monastic life”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

A slightly bizarre although interesting visit. The monastery itself is quite large and has over a thousand monks I believe, of all different ages including some very young novices. The monastery buildings are not particularly special, made mainly of wood, and although very pleasant , especially with the shady wooded grounds, it would not be worth a detour just to see the buildings here. The main purpose to come here is to watch the monks have their main daily meal at about 1100 hours.
One has to arrive well before 1100 if one wants to be able to see the ceremonies as, certainly in season, the place is crowded with tourists. When we were there it felt like there were nearly as many tourists (and local visitors) as monks. Most people line both sides of the small road leading up the side of the eating halls and in front of the hall entrance as well. The monks start lining up well before the gong is struck and the abbot also takes his seat in the hall first, he doesn't walk in procession. Then once the gong is struck the monks slowly, and silently, file up the road, their food is put into their bowls and then they go into the halls to sit down and eat.
If you have the time it is worth later on wandering round some of the other buildings in the complex as although not spectacular they are pleasant and peaceful. Also visit the kitchens on the other side of the dining halls where one can see the massive pots and pans used to cook the food and also see the large store of vegetables.
I am not quite sure how the monks benefit from the presence of all the tourists but I suppose it helps to show the tourists some aspects of Buddhist monastic life and gives locals more of an opportunity to make offerings to the monks.

Visited November 2011
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“A beautiful monastery”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

This monastery is huge and is home to over 2000 monks and many are young. We arrived at 10am and they were preparing lunch for the monks. This is an amazing sight. The monks queue for their food and they Make their way to the lunch halls where all of them sit and eat their lunch. A very interesting experience.

Visited December 2011
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