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Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung)

Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Mandalay
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Polis, Cyprus
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149 reviews 149 reviews
76 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Unlike any other monastery we've seen. Beautiful, intricate wood carving. This must have been stunning when first built.

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Brooklyn, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Quiet monastery with a beautiful teak temple. One of my favorite sites in Mandalay. We arrived just before sunset so the lighting was perfect and there were fewer tourists (who usually head to Mandalay Hill for sunset). We met a monk that wanted to practice his English as well who was very friendly and welcoming. Definitely worth a wander for... More

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Gold Coast
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125 reviews 125 reviews
19 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We found this building very interesting. The detail in the carvings was wonderful and to think it was once covered in gold is amazing. Wandering around the building was also very peaceful and quite soothing. Worth a visit

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The palace is in a sprawling area with large buildings. Each building is very impressive, build by excellent craftsmen and artisans. Clean and area well kept. Admission fees not expensive.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This teak building was once completely covered in gold. Now there are a few areas in sheltered spots that you will find the remnants of the gold. It survived World War II. There are carvings of mythical creatures, dancing figures, peacocks, flowers and vines. Inside comprises of two main halls. All the doors have wonderful 3D carvings. The main hall... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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206 reviews 206 reviews
105 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

After visiting many Burmese temples, this quiet and relatively diminutive monastery is an interesting contrast. Made entirely of teak, the intricate carvings are the main attraction and are everywhere to be found. The interior of the building is quite dark and the atmosphere quiet and meditative: we enjoyed its peace at the end of a busy day travelling.

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Singapore, Singapore
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38 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I like the wooden carving style on the roof, the door and the wall of the building. You can see this style across many temples in Mandalay. Most part of the building is made from wood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This monastery, formally the palace of the king, is a masterwork of teak carving on several levels. The whole building is of teak, with some guilding remaining inside, and is still a working temple so go dressed modestly (cover your knees and shoulders) and be prepared to take off your shoes. It's an astonishing place, a must see visit

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West Midlands
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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

A lovely peaceful place with so many beautiful carvings. We arrived near sunset, so not as good for taking photos - I would say a little earlier would be better.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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122 reviews 122 reviews
58 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

very interesting we like the way it was built, and it is very interesting to go inside and see the work done, this is very nice and a tremendous work when you know how they did it.

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