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Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura

#23 of 53 in Historic Sites in Mandalay Region
Historic Site Religious 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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  • For me this place is the worst experience throughout Asia. The crowds that make diners amid selfi children climb with selfi sticks before monks and throw them on the dollar in kettles-the sum of all looks like a human zoo, did not leave me feeling of profound shame. It is not clear that such ineteresnogo and intriguing may be the dining ritual. Monks are people like everyone else, respect their feelings.
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  • I didn't know what to expect when I saw that we were coming here. We saw hundreds of monks from all ages as well as nuns. We watched as they headed for their lunch altogether in a hall and all the whi...  more »
  • This place is known for letting tourists view the daily line up of monks for food and viewing some of the grounds where monks live. Just remember to be respectful. They are used to tourists taking pic...  more »

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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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