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Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Too commercialised.
Ladies selling the food were very rude.
It was amazing to see such a large number of monks in one place.

Thank carol i
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Not seen it on this scale anywhere else. Lots of Monks and if you try to get near where the locals are giving by the fruit market it is more natural. Stay away from other tourists and street sellers for authentic experience.

2  Thank Ashley C
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The experience was something that was so unique I never in my wildest dreams thought that there was such anything. It was one of the most memorable things we did on this trip. The only bad thing I can say about it is that some tourist do not appreciate the true experience and makes it feel a little cheap. There were some taking selfless in front of the monks and others who would jump up and block the way of the monks while they used their iPads to take photos. Also the drone with the camera overhead took away from the authenticity of the moment and the true meaning. If you go please respect the monks and their tradition and leave the outside world at the hotel.

2  Thank willtravel72
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The ceremony itself is quite impressive and there are a lot of monks participating.

But then you have the tourists. Even in low season (now), they disturbe the ceremony... If you are not a buddhist, do not bother to participate, because this is more then charity. I saw tourists sit in line with the locals (not right dressed) and smiling for a good picture when the monks come. That is not respectful. So just keep your distance.

You can find the monks early in the morning, 5:30 am, on the main street. From the location of the night market, pass all the restaurants and at the crossing you will see a lot of locals sitting on the ground. That is the place to be. After 30 minutes it is over.

If you ignore the stupid tourists, it is a really peaceful moment!

3  Thank Elisebize
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

It is an interesting sight, one that I'll remember for a long, long time. Not only do the monks show their humility and poverty, they also show a kinder side. After receiving alms from the general public, they will share it with the kids who were there as early as the monks. The monks were clad in saffron robes, pad barefoot along the streets with their begging bowls in hand. These monks range in age from eight to adulthood.

Thank traveller651047
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