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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  • Very nice, all in teak wood, mystical atmosphere in this place is definitely worth a visit.
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  • Take time to walk around the back and see the repairs continuing. It is a nice place to visit but not a destination in itself.  more »
  • The House of King Mindon, which was donated to the monastery after his death, not for nothing is his house. The carvings are even after almost 200 years ago always still absolutely sensational and with nothing to compare. Unfortunately, they are the elements to be drawn and gradually restored in the term. Inside, the House is also a feast for the eyes and the mix between old carvings and some thepoetic gold produces a beautiful patina. The premises conform to the usual layout of the palaces of this period. Don't forget to look at the ceiling!
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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.