Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), Mandalay

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Made entirely from teakwood with intricately carved facades, Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung) provides one of the finest examples of traditional 19th-century Burmese architecture. Marvel at the skills of local woodworkers as you inspect intricately carved teakwood doors, screens, and facades with ornate endings pointed towards the skies like countless wooden antennae. Once fully gilted and a part of the Mandalay Royal Palace in Amarapura, the monastery was entirely dismantled and brought to its present location in 1857, where it served as King Mingdon's royal quarters. The monastery’s elaborate four-tiered roof, with each section smaller than the one below it, is adorned with carved mythical creatures, animals, dancers, and depictions of various Buddhist legends. Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Mandalay Edition.
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  • Nothing that really great from the outside but inside is bare and nothing nice!! Discouraged. With combined ticket is a must because next to that of teak
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  • As another interesting visit when you go to the beautiful Mandalay Castle. Angle-angle shots, and made the castle with a beautiful wood carving.
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  • Well worth a visit. The woodwork is quite spectacular - must have been amazing when it was fully covered in gold leaf. It takes about 30 minutes so it does't require a lot of time. 
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  • One of my favourite Temple in Mandalay. The details in woodcraft is magnificent. Included in the 10k kyat sightseeing ticket, which is for any sight in Mandaley and Inwa. So it is worth the money because so many great pagodas to discover!!!
  • All wood temple. All the floor boards are uneven and bowed due to the years of exposure to the elements. Very cool temple though!
  • The level of detail in the teakwood carvings here is amazing. Take your time to explore around. This is one place that strictly checks the foreigner temple ticket (10,000 kyat per person), so you'll have to pay up. If you're not hitting many other temples (where the ticket is only occasionally enforced) it may not be worth that price.
  • Muhammed Alameer You should really be more tolerant of other religions!
  • Inredible building with an even more incredible history.