The Mahagandayon monastery in Amarapura, Burma's penultimate royal capital near the city of Mandalay, is home to several thousand young monks who live and study here. It is a renowned centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. Most visitors come at around 11am to see the monks receiving alms from pilgrims. It is a sight to behold as they queue up in their saffron robes to receive food. The streets and alleys near the monastery also merit exploration, with old houses and cottage industries such as silk weaving. If you wish you can also visit a monastic school nearby to donate pens and exercise books, which can be bought locally, to the local school children.
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