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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  • Wonderfull building/site. Very atmospheric, exquisite carvings, and even the corrugated iron roofing added to the look. 
  • The "monastery of the Golden Palace" is a fragile memories of the old Fort in Mandalay. It was once part of the Royal complex, and was used by King Mindon as the living room, where he died. It was under King Thibaw was disassembled and 1880 reassembled at its present location. + wonderful must + incredible architecture + beautiful light + wood processing is amazing + wonderful figures + amazing in what condition the wood is - many tourists
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  • Amazing 100% teak wood carved monastery. The entrance cost 6000 kyats but you can use it to enter the palace and other archeological buildings too. 
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  • 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.