We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Bago, Myanmar
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Bago Hantharwaddy Kingdom and Ancient Pagodas Private Tour from Yangon
More Info
and up
Bago Full Day Tour from Yangon

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 65 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
  • 0
  • 1

We have made a merit here. Simply and very quiet temple. Not beautiful as other temples with giant pagoda but you can see very local pace of Burmese people.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mark E
Bangkok, Thailand
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 37: English reviews
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have made a merit here. Simply and very quiet temple. Not beautiful as other temples with giant pagoda but you can see very local pace of Burmese people.

Thank Mark E
Oslo, Norway
Level Contributor
324 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Be there in time before 10.30 and lunchtime, when it's the monks parade with 500 monks receivings small gifts and food for luinch. Remember that this is a monastery and pay respect when you're there. It's better to visit a silent day to avoid many tourists.

Thank TerjeHoegberg
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This place is known for monks parade for receiving food before 11am. Its quite crowded when its close to 11am so i suggest you to go there early and leave before the group tour otherwise you wont be able to get out. You can also making donation for rice (uncooked) which i think is better. It costs around 35000 Ks.

Thank Ladymook
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

The train ride to Bago was wonderful... a bit bumpy, but if you travel in 'ordinary' class at least one direction, a great way to interact with the locals. The monastery is a 20 minute walk from the station, through the main market street. Just keep going, it will appear over a small rise a couple of hundred meters after... More 

1 Thank M W
brisbane australia
Level Contributor
218 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Our guide took us to this monastery despite our mixed feelings. With most tourists it seems there is a sense of the exotic about monks, and we certainly snapped plenty of photos of them out and about during our time in Myanmar, but visiting as they lined up for lunch seemed a bit like being at a zoo to me.... More 

Thank ozteddy
Level Contributor
59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I looked forward to this visit, and initially it was fabulous - moving around the space and understanding the way of life. I saw a massive lecture room where the monks listen to lectures and while we were there, a monk approached me and we chatted for a few minutes. He was 31 and started there at 14. From there... More 

Thank Ozjane
Lodz, Poland
Level Contributor
38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Huge monastery, we visited it when there were exams. It is a great place to see the place of real life of monks.

Thank Kami2244
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Our tour guide, Zaw Hein, brought us to Bago on the second day of our tour of the Yangon area. Among the many places we visited was the monastery. We positioned ourselves at the door to the dining area where two large kettles of rice were stationed. When the monks came in a long procession we were to take the... More 

Thank ReflectingHyperplane
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
226 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Tours of this huge monastery are easy to book. The Monks live, work, and worship there, but welcome visitors. You can tour their large dining room where donors often provide their meals. The Monastery is old but clean, and shrines are all around. A wonderful infusion into the Buddhist ethic.

Thank Ace J
Level Contributor
507 reviews
281 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We went at a time when there was not much activities going on and it was before their lunch procession. We just walked around a little to see the buildings that composed this monastery. As with visiting any other temples or pagodas, the dress codes are the same. Shoes and socks off your feet, even if you have to use... More 

Thank ROCruiser

Travellers who viewed Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery also viewed


Been to Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?