Made entirely from teakwood with intricately carved facades, Shwenandaw Monastery 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. To visit Shwenandaw Monastery on your trip to Mandalay, use our Mandalay trip planner.
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Shwenandaw Monastery Reviews
The wooden creaking monastry! There’s a decent entry ticket, get one if you have time, because then you need to cherish the wooden delicate detailed carvings! This place can get crowded, so being patient again will get you clear beautiful clicks and memorable moments!
Definitely worth going. There is an air of mystic to this place and a solemn feel. Great to see students working to preserve the place.
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