Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), Mandalay
(4.5/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Mandalay itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Mandalay

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Mandalay by other users

5 days in Bagan & Mandalay BY A USER FROM SWEDEN February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Mandalay, Naypyidaw & Yangon (Rangoon) BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES January, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Thailand, Myanmar & Siem Reap BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Visited this very old wooden palace with a group of friends on a guided tour. Very impressive palace currently being restored but easily accessible during the tour. Another must see during a visit to ...  more »
  • It is amazing how history has evolved and that we have been able to preserve what we have. Mandalay is very lucky to have such history and beauty. 
  • The wooden construction of Shwenandaw monastery is the only remaining intact buildings of the former core of the Royal Palace and was part of the Chambers of King Mindon, who also died. His son had this building dismantle and rebuild outside the walls of the monastery to the meditation. So he escaped destruction by the British in the 2.Weltkrieg. Here, one can guess in which pageantry of King Mindon lived, this building was one of many in the Royal Palace. All surfaces are decorated with carvings, then gold-plated or decorated with mirrors. Tall teak get columns support the roof, from a veranda encircling the entire building, you can enter the Interior through many doors. Just stunning!
    View original
Google
  • 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.