It’s so easy to make your Myanmar trip special
There is an absolutely serene monastery in Sagain. Never mind its name. We don’t want Lonely Planet or hordes of tour groups to get too interested. We will happily let our competitors continue to take their clients to the tourist traps.
Here, only 18 kilometers from Mandalay, 280 monks live their quite lives. For these boys and men, the daily routine is to get up at 04:30, and then a day of sweeping, meditation and studying begins. Well, they do actually also eat, and breakfast is before sunrise. After that, there is only lunch left, and after this they are not allowed to eat a thing. That’s almost 18 hours of asceticism. And that would be every single day. Eat up, please.
When you visit this divine place, it is just so much more than watching boys and men eat. In the video from our last visit with Danish clients, you can hear the prayer reverberate among bowls of rice, vegetables, beans – and occasionally also meat. The latter depends on the donors who are all regular civilians who come from all over the country. The motivation for their donation is simply Karma. Because in Myanmar – perhaps more than in any other country – what comes around really does go around.
In Myanmar, you do quite often see monks use mobile phones. But there is a very big difference between how monastic life is practised here. In some monasteries, the abbot will have a laissez faire approach to how the monks can go about their days. Sometimes that means phones are allowed. Yet here, you find one of the most orthodox incarnations of monkhood, and you will only see monks completely devoted to their divine call.
After experiencing the monks consume in silence, you can explore Sagain Hill, which boasts shrines, endless lines of Buddhas and some pretty stunning views of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
It is all easily within your reach from Mandalay, and with one of our nice and professional local guides, we promise you a fantastic day.
If you wish, you can easily continue to the impressive brick behemoth, the Mingun Ruin, which is less than half an hour away.
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