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Trip Planner: Asia / Laos / Luang Prabang Province / Luang Prabang / Alms Giving Ceremony
In a World Heritage-listed city, you can take part in one of most sacred and ancient Lao traditions known as Alms Giving Ceremony. The ritual begins at sunrise with around 200 devotees departing from their temples and spreading out all over the city to hand out alms. Before participating in the spiritual ceremony, purchase the simple offerings of rice, traditional sweet snacks, or fresh fruit. Should you wish not to give any alms, keep an appropriate distance from the monks and behave in a respectful manner. Cover your chest, legs, and shoulders in modest clothing, and turn off the flash on your camera. Plan to visit Alms Giving Ceremony during your Luang Prabang vacation using our convenient Luang Prabang online tour itinerary planner.
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Alms Giving Ceremony reviews
I was warned against going to see the alms ceremony, and I only ended up witnessing it on my way to an early morning flight. The whole thing has been ruined by loud, intrusive tourists. In the city...
I was warned against going to see the alms ceremony, and I only ended up witnessing it on my way to an early morning flight. The whole thing has been ruined by loud, intrusive tourists. In the city... more »
It’s my first time to do Alms giving. There’s not much Monks when we did this but we still get the good feeling of sharing and the presence of the monks. There’s lesser crowds as well.
It’s my first time to do Alms giving. There’s not much Monks when we did this but we still get the good feeling of sharing and the presence of the monks. There’s lesser crowds as well. more »
A number of tours offer this as an activity. Don't pass it up. Something you've seen in National Geographic since you were 5, and now you get a chance to participate. The only downside is how...
A number of tours offer this as an activity. Don't pass it up. Something you've seen in National Geographic since you were 5, and now you get a chance to participate. The only downside is how... more »
Recommended by many, it was a great reason to start the day earlier than most. It’s always been my favourite time of day because it’s almost as if time stands still. Regardless, the small offerings your able to provide for the monks who are sacrificing and devout on the daily is a great feeling. The procession is neat because of the collective energy put forth by all those from the community. From setting up the chairs and the garments for the participants to the initial gathering of food for the monks, there’s a true sense of community in the air. Definitely a must even if you’re just there to spectate.
Would the Christians and Catholics be happy if non-believers tourists appear in the US or Europe to partake in Communion bread? and use flash photography at the Priest/Father etc, and jostling with the believers? It's ridiculous, and downright uncouth for tourists who took pictures of the beggars. How would you feel if you were in their shoes? If you're moved by their plight, get uncooked rice/shoes/ jackets (cold weather now) for the beggars to help them out. For the Buddhists, there's a nearby street (infront of Sada hotel) where about 150 monks would start walking around 6.30am. They don't receive much, and are not picky (Unlike the tourist area, where some monks even push a trolley!! to collect goodies). I have attached a picture of the bus these monks travel on, so you know they are not well to do.
Really nice to see this sacred morning ritual and something that is very important for the local community which makes it sad that tourists are unable to be respectful. I’m giving a low review in the hope people read it as previous reviews highlight similar issues. Some tourists participating were either filming themselves or getting someone to film them during presenting the food. Tourists standing very close taking pictures with flash on right in monks faces. This appeared to be done mainly by older groups and tour groups. These tours were often lead by locals so I’m not sure if they don’t tell them to be respectful or they have a prior agreement with the monks that they can take their pictures? Also do not buy food from stalls trying to sell you stuff. Lots of food was given back such as what appeared to be confectionery items. Best thing to do is not do it through a tour, sit down on the opposite side of the street, be quiet, take minimal photographs and without flash on. I would say unless you’re a Buddhist, just observe rather than participate There will be quieter places to observe- even on the Main Street but also down the side streets if you know where they are. Maybe ask local ngos for any advice.
The Arm Giving ceremony in Luang Prabang - the tradition has been maintained since the time of Buddha.
Our intention was good. So experience was good. Starts at 5.50-6am so get your extra beauty sleep. 50k kip for kit including sash.
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