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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  • I was arrived there after explore inside of Mandalay Royal Palace. I just around 5 minutes ride my bicycle and reach there. This Monastery is really impressive and i was amazing of Wood carving. Golde...  more »
  • A beautifully carved wooden temple at the foot of Mandalay hill, stunning both inside and out . You do need to pay to enter  more »
  • If you are with a guide, you will hear quite some stories about the place. the place was very different from others. Even though it has been also renovated like the other places, still it holds on to ...  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.