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Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay

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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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  • Absolutely beautiful would recommend on your trip to Mandalay. Try to go when less tourists are present. Something you would rarely see anywhere else 
    Absolutely beautiful would recommend on your trip to Mandalay. Try to go when less tourists are present. Something you would rarely see anywhere else  more »
  • The all wooden teak monastery was built about 1880, in the Kone Bhaung era, and is in an archeological zone. Currently undergoing restoration. 
    The all wooden teak monastery was built about 1880, in the Kone Bhaung era, and is in an archeological zone. Currently undergoing restoration.  more »
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  • 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!
  • Very old and ancient wooden monastery. Recommend to visit the place early in the morning or if not possible during lunch time to avoid loud and rude travel groups. The place is worth to stay quiet to enjoy the old art. There is a entrance fee of 10000 Kyats.

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