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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  • It would be a must go place for people who are interested in different wooden architecture. And very good place to take elegant photos too.  more »
  • This former monastery is certainly worth a visit. It is constructed with teak wood and has a few precious prints.
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  • This was the former royal apartment at the palace in Amarapura occupied by King Mindon Min. In 1878, after his death, his son King Thibaw Min dismantled, relocated and rebuilt it in Mandalay believing...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful temple constructed of teak. A calming and historic vibe. Worth a visit for the architecture and carvings.
  • Incredible attention to detail with the wood carvings. Truly am Incredible place
  • 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.
  • old teck temple weathered but solid. beautiful wood carving.

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Where to stay in Mandalay

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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