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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  • Nan Temple Cathedral old dhow Mandalay in Mandalay who survived the war disasters. The entrance in the city of Mandalay to lose a visitor card. Can explore all possible places in Mandalay. Price for 10,000 kyat, or about 250 baht
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  • The monastery is built entirely of wood, and therefore a nice contrast to the stone-built temples. Especially great must see the carvings on the roof - up, otherwise miss the most beautiful part of the carvings. A must during the Mandalay stay
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  • This is a special place. One of the last temples in teak wood. We liked to be good. Unfortunately, we were to the full moon party there, so it was very crowded. The old carvings are truly unique!
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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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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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