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Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura
(1.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The visit is interesting and allows you to understand the Organization of a large-scale Buddhist monastery, kitchens, the refectory, the scheduling of the procession towards the only meal of the day. However regrettable the (unreliable) influx of the mass tourist who comes, as in the zoo, with an outrageous voyeurism, ogling these monks who in fact don't seem not disturbed by the crowd. A see it anyway in the hope that measures will be taken to protect the serenity of the place.
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  • A thought provoking insight into monastic life, albeit an intrusive one so be respectful when taking photos. The monks were served by the the families who had made donations for that day. Senior monks...  more »
  • There can be a few to many tourists waiting for the monks to sit and eat in silence. It is fascinating to watch upto a thousand monks wait in line to sit at long tables. They do eat in silence not a s...  more »