Immerse yourself in one of the most sacred of Buddhist traditions by attending a Noviciation ceremony at a Yangon monastery.
It's a leisurely 1-hour drive from the pier to Kalaywa Monastery, a holy learning center perched on the second highest hill in Yangon. The monks here spend their lives studying and practicing the teachings of Buddha, but before doing so they must undergo a Noviciation or Shinbyu ceremony. One of the most important events in a Buddhist's life, the ceremony reflects Buddha's own journey as he renounced his life as a prince in his search for enlightenment.
Watching the ceremony, you will notice that the young boys or novices are dressed in glittering clothes and make-up to look like princes. Followed by their families and friends, the novices are lead in a procession around the monastery accompanied an orchestra and dancers. As a special guest at this revered event, you can participate by offering the newly appointed novices useful items such as robes and soap for their stay at Kalaywa Monastery. This unforgettable experience allows you the rare opportunity to be a part of one of the most joyous and auspicious ceremonies in a young Buddhist's life.
Following the ceremony, you will be treated to some traditional Myanmar entertainment and have some time to further explore the monastery on your own before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Conservative attire is required and shoulders and knees must be covered. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When entering the Monastery, visitors must remove their shoes and socks.