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Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura

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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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  • Either it is not devoid of interest interested in monastic life with all its rites, its organization. Discover places of stewardship, the operation of the kitchens and dining rooms, ready the minute scheduling of the meal of the day are also important points of this monastic life. But what of this parody which is to parade in front of the hordes of tourists during the meal of the day. A sense of uncomfortable in front of this surreal scene (note I only took no pictures of these moments)... The eyes of these young monks says a lot and it would be interesting to know their thoughts. If you like authentic, go your way...
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  • we just passed by at lunch time when all the monks get ready. I did not like it that much because many tourists were waiting for the monks to come, lined up....  more »
  • Visited the Mahagandayon Monastery as part of a taxi tour. Our arrival was timed to see the resident monks queuing up collecting gifts from visitors as well as their rice for lunch. We were able to ob...  more »