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. To visit Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung) on your trip to Mandalay, use our Mandalay trip planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Within the Mandalay combo ticket (10. 000MMK) is included in this monastery. Carved wood is very very nice, inside does not have many things. It looks fast but it is worthwhile.
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  • October 4, 2017
    You can see the beauty of the wooden building that great delicacy and flamboyance. Anyway, city tour: live in Tokyo with the place, I'll turn them 10000 jjas Muni temple's entrance delightfully let me pay.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Takes around 30 minutes to walk around and there are some notice boards with history in English. Market stalls nearby selling tourist items, very persistent sellers. Worth stopping off for a look arou...  more »
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  • March 3, 2017
    A traditional 19th century wooden monastery building is well preserved in Mandalay. The monastery is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs. The monastery is built in the traditional Burmese architectural style.  Beautifully and stunning wood craving is more worth to visit.
  • April 19, 2017
    Beautiful temple constructed of teak. A calming and historic vibe. Worth a visit for the architecture and carvings.
  • May 5, 2017
    Incredible attention to detail with the wood carvings. Truly am Incredible place
  • January 14, 2017
    Don't overlook this temple. The wood carvings are beautiful. There's a serene feeling as you walk around the creaky wooden floors. It's quite amazing that this temple is still intact.
  • January 15, 2017
    old teck temple weathered but solid. beautiful wood carving.

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Look at the area to the southwest of the royal palace for the main choice of accommodations in Mandalay. Some cushier options sit on the main thoroughfares, offering rooms with balconies overlooking the core architectural and historic sights. A number of basic hotels lie close to the main train station, while budget-friendly guesthouses concentrate in the area around 25th Street. Farther to the west, some hotels have views of the river, while to the east lie lodgings with convenient proximity to major regional highways.
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