Located in the Monk’s district, just a stone’s throw across the bridge from the Shwe In Bin Kyaung lies the New MaSoe Ya Monastery. It is the largest monastery in Mandalay and houses 27,000 monks. It is primarily a collection of modern dorms and lecture halls. It also has a Big Ben clock and a unique six-story octagonal library tower with a great view point. The monastery has long been known for the politically righteous views of its monks, and it is the base of the controversial monk Ashin Wirathu, the figurehead of the 969 Movement.
The monks are very friendly and open. During a visit you quickly get into a conversation and also taking pictures of everyday life is no problem. Due to the size of the monastery, you quickly immerse yourself in the life of the monks and get interesting insights into their everyday life and study. In addition to studying in the lecture halls, one can also observe monks cooking, washing clothes or studying. The monastery exudes a unique atmosphere that should not be missed.