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Address: Amarapura, Amarapura, Myanmar
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Private Tour:Explore the Wonders of Mandalay Including Lunch on Boat
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Tourists have made this like a carnival

Our guide took us there for 10am to see the 1000 monks lining up to go for their meal. It is very difficult to stay in the background to take pictures as many tourists were... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
ioan_wilson
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Newtown, United Kingdom

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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't think I've ever left anywhere so angry and disgusted. What should be such a peaceful experience was marred by rude, intrusive tourists, shoving cameras in the monks faces, standing next to them as they lined up taking photos with selfie sticks, talking loudly, wearing inappropriate clothing, obstructing the monks path. I lasted 3 minutes before I left after... More 

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Bucerias
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hundreds of tourists lined the street to see a procession of monks of all ages go to the dining room for their meal. Tourists stood in front of the procession, cameras in the monks faces. The monks were amazingly calm, showing no emotion at this really rude treatment. Then everyone went to peer in thru the window at them eating!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Didn't like our stop off here because of all the tourists. I felt like the monks were a show and people were looking at them and taking pictures of them like animals. We also saw a lot of people disrespect the monks by going too close or accidentally touching their garments

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Davis, California
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Established around 1908 as a meditation monastery for forest-dwelling monks, Mahagandhayon Monastery now is the country's most prominent monastic college and home to about 2000 monks and nuns at any given time. Everyday, before 10:00 am, the resident monks line up silently and systematically for their lunch, the last meal of the day. Note: 1. Can be very crowed with many... More 

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Matara
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This a very calm place where so many student monks studying. It's nice how they collect Dhana (lunch). Many tourist come to see that. But they should behave properly without putting any trouble to monks. If you want see this beautiful seen, you should reach there by 10am.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This could be such an uplifting experience .... if it was controlled better by the monastery authorities, in terms of the numbers permitted, and charging a fee for entrance and use of a camera or video. As it is, the tourists far outnumber the monks! It is an unpleasant free-for-all, with many dressed inappropriately, not adhering to the demarcated places... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This stop was on our day tour of Mandalay. Known for the feeding of the monks this is one stop on our tour that I could have done without. While it was interesting to see the kitchen where the food is cooked, I did not wait around to watch the monks get feed – in some way it seems degrading... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We visited this as part of a full day tour and didn't know what to expect. We arrived shortly before 10:30. Every day at 10:30 the monks (1000 +/-) line up on the street outside the Monastery for the alms ritual. It wasn't well organized as tourists were all over the place and the Monks had to walk around the... More 

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Wolfenbuettel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We too came as tourists to see the many monks line up for their lunch and sadly enough the impression we left with, was the negative one of tourists who simply do not know how to behave. We were told that only those who had donated towards the meal were allowed into the refectory, the benefactors walked solemnly through as... More 

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Newtown, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Our guide took us there for 10am to see the 1000 monks lining up to go for their meal. It is very difficult to stay in the background to take pictures as many tourists were standing in the road. If you visit try and keep to the pavements and respect the monks. Their food is being supplied by one family... More 

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