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. Plan to see Mahagandayon Monastery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Amarapura trip planner.
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  • I felt it was not fair to watch the monks line up for their lunch. However our guide did get educated there and we spoke with his tutor. A very caring and educated man with a carming voice only too pl...  more »
  • The most famous monastery. The monks are a daily routine. Morning out with your slow cooker and barefoot, the neighborhood in search of rice charity can give them. At noon, at a set time and thank you to volunteers who cooked for them, leave all in row, the largest child (children 10 years old), in row where volunteers serve them lunch
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  • More a cultural tour. Understand the training of monks. The facilities. Feel bad that monks are "displayed" for picture taking during lunch. Need guide to explain their lifestyle.  more »

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