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Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Monastery or Golden Palace Monastery is a Buddhist monastery built by King Thibaw Min in 1878 near Mandalay Hill, Mandalay City, Mandalay Region, Myanmar, which dismantled and moved the apartment on October 10, 1878 previously occupied by his father, King Mindon Min, just before death.

Shwenandaw Monastery is famous for its intricate teak carvings for Buddha that adorn the walls and roof. The monastery was built with the traditional Burmese architectural style and the only major original structure left of the original Royal Palace today due to bombing during World War II.

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King Thibaw Min moved the building that believed to be haunted by his father's spirit. The reconstruction of the building in a plot adjacent to the Atumashi Monastery was completed on 31 October 1878. King Thibaw then used Shwenandaw for meditation.

The building was originally part of the royal palace in Amarapura, before it was moved to Mandalay, where it forms the northern part of Hmannan or the Glass Palace and part of the king's royal apartment. The building is filled with gold and decorated with glass mosaics.

The well-preserved structure of the Shwenandaw monastic teak covered with intricate carvings of Buddhist mythology, and has become a valuable stop for those who want to absorb Mandalay's rich history. Sculptures and inner panels display stories of the life of Buddha.

The tiered four-tiered structure consists of several parts where each part is smaller than the one below. The roofline is decorated with very detailed wood carvings. The roof bargeboard contains depictions of mythical creatures, animals, dancers and flowers.

The elaborate carved teak porches on the first level surround the monastery and some carved wooden panels on the outside that are damaged by the weather and time has been replaced with new panels. The large teak pillars inside the building support the roof and still have some gold coating inside the monastery. The structure is completely gilded and decorated with glass mosaics.

Some of the best manicured panels in the building, protected from the weather and sunlight include a number of carved panels depicting the Jataka story or about the life of the previous Buddha. Inside the main hall in the center of the building stands a Buddha statue with the spirit of Nat worshiping it. Only men can get into this room. Shwenandaw Monastery is Buddhist structure built by King Thibaw Min

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Location: Mandalay City, Mandalay Region, Myanmar.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Mandalay International Airport in Mandalay City.

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