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Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura

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Historic Site
Founded in 1914 as a teaching center, Mahagandayon Monastery houses nearly 2,000 young monks and marks an inevitable stop on many Myanmar tours. The sight of humble monks in their simple dark red robes lining up in long silent rows for lunch--the final meal of the day--serves as the greatest attraction for tourists. The strict discipline and religious atmosphere don’t stop the monks from being friendly to outsiders. You can learn a lot about the country’s history and daily affairs from many monks who speak English. To visit Mahagandayon Monastery and get the most from your holiday in Amarapura, create itinerary details personal to you using our Amarapura tour planner.
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  • Established around 1908 as a meditation monastery for forest-dwelling monks, Mahagandhayon Monastery now is the country's most prominent monastic college and home to about 2000 monks and nuns at any g...  more »
  • This a very calm place where so many student monks studying. It's nice how they collect Dhana (lunch). Many tourist come to see that. But they should behave properly without putting any trouble to mon...  more »
  • a see but not extraordinary for my taste! go during the meal the monks and donations made by Chinese tourists
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  • Divine and sensational. This is another one of the top destinations in Myanmar (to see and understand the daily lives of monks.)
  • Probably the 1st place you'll be taken by your taxi driver if you decide to take a day trip out of Mandalay. A chance to see - for a short period - the life of young Burmese monk. As our taxi driver told us it's "a university for monks".
  • People usually crowd this place in the morning to see the last meal of the young monks. It is nice to see their classrooms and other spaces. Sometimes you can get invited to have lunch there.
  • Huge amounts tourists coming here to see monks lunch eating scene. It is very debatable as monks not feel comfortable being watched like that obviously. But I still have to say, the scene is really amazing and inspiring. Besides that, the monastery area also worth to visit, very beautiful and quiet.
  • One of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world!