Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura

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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  • August 17, 2017
    Watching 2,000 or so monks process into a series of dining halls, being served food by volunteer donors was a very interesting sight. When we went there was a young man entering the novitiate and he a...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    It is given very positive. A free training for boys in their learning, but also in English so that they are also us Westerners can reform.
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  • August 8, 2017
    It is the most striking of the monastery, when monks procession to ask for food and alms, hundreds of them lining up waiting for their turn, serious and focused. The monastery itself is not of this world, look a little like it is the life of the monks, their customs and such, but above all what is impressive is the procession.
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Where to stay in Amarapura

Amarapura proper currently has no accommodations licensed to house foreign visitors. As such, travelers wishing to make a trip to Amarapura stay in Mandalay. There, you can find some particularly characterful and well-appointed hotels throughout the town, but particularly in the Royal Palace area. In addition, standard options like budget hostels and guesthouses all put you within easy reach of Amarapura and the main sights of Mandalay.
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