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Lunch at a nunnery in Sagaing

Gain a deeper insight into Buddhist culture during your visit to Sagaing with a special visit to a nunnery. Sagaing Hill and its surrounding area have more than 300 religious buildings, including pagodas, meditation centers, monasteries, nunneries, and more. Most visitors to Sagaing see the buildings from afar but few take the time to learn about the daily lives of the resident monks and nuns.

Unique encounters with Myanmar’s nuns

Late this morning, your guide will take you to a nunnery where you will be welcomed by the resident nuns. You will learn about the nuns and their role in the community. Nunneries help support the community, not only spiritually but also in other ways. Many Buddhist females enter the nunnery due to their family circumstances. Perhaps their family is too poor or they have ill parents. The nunnery provides them with a place to stay, education, food, and spiritual guidance. The nuns also assist in religious affairs, helping during special festivals, and joining Buddhist monks to celebrate holy days.

Offering food to the nuns

After your guide has introduced you to the nunnery and its daily activities, you will present an offering of raw foods to the resident nuns. Unlike monks, who collect ready-made foods, the nuns collect fresh ingredients and uncooked rice and then prepare their own meals. Your donation will be used to feed the resident nuns as well as anyone from the community who comes in for assistance.

Get a slice of Buddhism in Sagaing!

Then, it is time for an early lunch. Buddhist nuns, like monks, take their last meal of the day around 10.00 in the morning. After they have finished, we will sit down for our lunch–a simple, yet filling meal prepared by the nuns. Dining in the shadows of Sagaing Hill on a meal like what the nuns have eaten is a special experience that will introduce you to this unique aspect of Buddhist culture.

As the nuns carry on with their day, turning their attention to their studies or prayer, we say our farewells and resume sight-seeing in Mandalay’s outskirts.

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  • Visiting a tranquil Buddhist nunnery in Sagaing
  • Learning about the lives of the resident nuns
  • Enjoying a delicious lunch prepared in their traditional kitchen



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