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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  • This huge (mini village into the village) monastery is definitely a must! The breakfast time at 10:15am is way too crowded but its really really impressing! Just too many tourist way too disrespectful...  more »
  • The monastery is really really great. The refectory gives a concrete idea of the multitude of men who attend
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  • I spend many days with this guy and it totally worth it,we went to many places even outside of Mandalay,he even took me to the famous De Doke waterfall,he swam with me too.what I like about him is tha...  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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