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Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery

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Address: Bago, Myanmar
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USD 125.00*
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Private Cultural Day Trip to Bago from Yangon
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USD 85.00*
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Bago Full Day Tour from Yangon

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Not as crazy as expected

I expected some sort of feeding frenzy of tourist exploitation of monks but it was not as bad as expected. Many tourists were placing money donations into monks bowls without... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
sealrocker
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oregon coast
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Alicante, Spain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting visit, but we did feel that the monks, especially the novices, were on show to the public to raise money. The care services, and the education of young bys was interesting.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Arrive before 11am to see the monks go in single file to the dining hall. On the way they are given rice and the food. Visitors can help serve the monks. The dining hall holds some 400 monks

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Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We arrived early and could have a look around the monastery before umpteen busloads of mostly Thai tourists and pilgrims arrived. The kitchen of the monastery and the school rooms are worth seeing. The complex is huge. When all the tourists have arrived and are strategically placed along the route of the monks from school or dormitory to the eating... More 

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oregon coast
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

I expected some sort of feeding frenzy of tourist exploitation of monks but it was not as bad as expected. Many tourists were placing money donations into monks bowls without realizing that the rice will be dumped right onto the money! Do not give individual monks in the line money. It should be given to the "treasurer " who can... More 

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Thank sealrocker
amsterdam
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We met a local guide at the station, mister Hlawin and he showed us around in the archeological zone on his motorcycle. This was the best tour we did, unplanned but awesome! You can reach this guy by phone +959260172262 or ask in the train station area... highly recommended!

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Thank lefebo
Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We arrived quite early, so were able to look around the monastery kitchens and dining room and see lunch being prepared in bulk, and the meals being laid out. It was all very peaceful and quiet - at this point we were the only ones there. However the bus loads began to arrive and by the time the monks processed... More 

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Thank PhillipaandGeoff
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

We watched the monks at prayers and lining up to receive their food for lunch. I believe there was about 200 of them that day. We also visited the kitchen and saw where they studied. I was surprised how big the place was.

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Thank Alan S
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery is one of three largest monasteries in the country, located in Bago (หงสาวดี), former capital of Myanmar. It is famous and very popular for Thai people to come to make merit. However the highlight here is to watch the long line of monks and novices file out in the early morning around 10.30am for their... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 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.

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Thank Mark E
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 22 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.

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