Alms Giving Ceremony, Luang Prabang

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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. It is the way that local people showed their respect to the triple gems ( Buddha, Dhamar and Sangha ) with the hope they will be abundance in life. Tourists can join with local people... 
    Alms giving. It is the way that local people showed their respect to the triple gems ( Buddha, Dhamar and Sangha ) with the hope they will be abundance in life. Tourists can join with local people...  more »
  • Alms Ritual (Tak Bat) was on our itinerary as part of a 3 week tour in Laos, Luang Prabang. Personally, for me this was a highlight and a humbling experience observing the ceremony up close. This... 
    Alms Ritual (Tak Bat) was on our itinerary as part of a 3 week tour in Laos, Luang Prabang. Personally, for me this was a highlight and a humbling experience observing the ceremony up close. This...  more »
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  • Every temple has its own alms giving, but the majority of monks walk down the Main Street. It is very nice to just sit quietly and respectfully from the other side of the street and observe the locals. But it is sad to see the noisy influence of disrespectful tourists and vendors that sell rice for tourists to give to the monks. Just try to avoid them and find a quiet spot for a better experience. We arrived at 540am (but I think it started at 530) and it was done by 6am.
  • It deeply saddens me that such a great ceremony has already seen its greatest times and it is all in the past. Most people contributing to the alms giving are tourists guided by tour guides. There are certain rules that ought to be followed in order to show respect to the monks and the tradition. However, mostly tourists from Far East were strongly interfering with the ceremony by not obeying the rules and stopping the procession on several occasions. To summarise: the alms giving is not genuine and nor it is very pleasant to see for cultured people as of now.

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