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Address: Amarapura, Amarapura, Myanmar
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The making of Monks !

Was but uncomfortable to be a tourist in a monastery watching the monks eat. This place definitely has positive vibes, afterall the prayers of the thousands of monks are in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Was but uncomfortable to be a tourist in a monastery watching the monks eat. This place definitely has positive vibes, afterall the prayers of the thousands of monks are in the air. Visited the huge kitchen. Was out of this place in about 45 minutes.

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Lerdala, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Yup, another tourist complaining about the number of tourists. There are just too many of us at the monastery. Although I am sure the monks do what Buddhist monks usually do, watching them together with hordes of photographing foreigners gave me the impression I was watching and at the same time participating in some sort of show.

Thank GdTRAB
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Home to several thousand monks, I would recommend this Monastery in your itinerary; especially to view the food processions at 10.30am and 5pm. Fret not if you can't make these times; we were 5 mins late and missed the Procession but it was still worth our visit. We saw many monks, mostly youngsters and even child-monks below age of 12... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I am in two minds about this lovely monastery, seeing how it worked and its lovely setting was great, but I felt quite intrusive watching them line up for their daily meal. Some of the tourists and there are a lot, were very disrespectful of the monks private space, pushing cameras at them, very degrading. Not sure I would do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The monastery is a maybe must-see. In the morning, be there at 10:15(9:25 if you want to make a really good photograph) to watch the monks get food. It is over crowded, around 100 tourists! Otherwise the architecture is o.k. and nice but not great. Have a sneak peak on the kitchen when you are there.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We missed that but got a tour of the place and talked to some of the kids. The only redeeming quality is that now some of them get an education. They still can't question anything that has to do with the religion. Difficult kids are sent here, as parents in the west send their kids to military school. They learn... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A trip to this monastery is a must so if you are visiting Mandalay. One can get an idea of how a monastery functions with its kitchens etc. The meal time for the monks starts at around 10:00 am and is a star attraction. Around 1500 monks queue up and proceed to lunch in almost a procession. It's very interesting... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The monastery is a beautiful place of worship and monks are taught to be polite and courteous to tourists. Unfortunately many tourists are not returning this courtesy. During the meal queuing ceremony, many were blocking the way for the monks, disrupting the flow, whilst the monks silently smiled and tolerated it. It's a shame people are lacking basic manners in... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

A very large monastery compound where visitors are encouraged to view the daily routines of the over thousand monks who reside here. Many of the compounds buildings and their function is described in English.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

A huge monastery of over 1000 monks, they eat twice a day, 10.15am being their second and last meal of the day. In many ways it is wonderful that the monks invite tourists in to see them... in reality it is horrifying how callus, intrusive and disrespectful a large number of the tourists are. So many people stand in the... More 

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