Mandalay Palace
Mandalay Palace
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Sundncr
Washington DC, DC1,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
One of the most impressive royal palaces in the world. Its buildings are plain without a lot of decorations. But, the sheer size, the moat around it, the walls, and the inside layout of the buildings make it pretty impressive. This site is probably the best one to visit in Mandalay. Also, one side of the moat is in line the temple on Mandalay hill to the Hilton buildings. If you look down from the top of Mandalay Hill Temple down towards the Moat and the Hilton, it makes an impressive geometrical layout. There is an entrance fee to the buildings and this ticket covers the entrance to many other sites in Mandalay. So, keep the ticket safe. There is ample security as the entrance is guarded by Military. This gives the palace a character and you feel like you are really entering a royal palace. The inside is pretty clean and the lawns are well laid. The audience halls and other buildings are pretty impressive. Most of the buildings are open air without many walls. For a tropical country, it creates natural air conditioning. A lot of Burmese tourists were visiting when I was there. Keep in mind, there is long walk from the entrance to the actual palace grounds. You either come in a bus, take a tuk-tuk or rent a car to visit this place.
Written January 3, 2020
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Nashvillecleanfreak
Manila, Philippines111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is stunning just in terms of size! So interesting to see where the King lived, where the Main Queen resided and the smaller homes for all the other queens (yep, he had something like 49 wives). It was delightful to see wedding photos being taken of gorgeous brides, in very ornate dresses, and grooms. We also saw graduation photos being taken. Clearly these are the families that are more affluent in this city and a great peek into how their customs are similar to ours. It is a long walk from the entrance to the palace...but we thoroughly enjoyed it as there are beautiful flowering trees along the way and some communities (poor) that now sit inside the palace walls.
Written February 23, 2020
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hollysmum_8
West Molesey, UK177 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had seen a model of the Palace in an excellent National Museum in Yangon and so were looking forward to going round the real thing. So we found it extremely disappointing once we were there as it was nothing more than a life-size version of what we had already seen! There are no explanatory signs so, apart from the fairly interesting museum rooms set in the back, the rest was pretty boring. There is no furniture at all and I think what I notice one other review said, is true - you need to go with a guide to explain it all, or not bother.
Also, we arrived by tuk tuk and then realised that there was a very long walk to get to the Palace itself with certain drivers waiting to take you, and charge you of course, who seemed to be allowed in to the complex.
Would have happily given it a miss.
Written April 5, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It seems like this place is purposely neglected so as not to admire the royal wealth and prestige of a bygone age. What you do have is twenty or more large wooden buildings, seemingly original, some large, smaller, very ornate or quite plain making up a small village. Except it would have been a brilliantly decorated royal palace. Now the paints have faded on the buildings and walls, the pathways grow weeds and gardens not maintained. Its still worth a short visit to appreciate what it might have been.
Written February 10, 2020
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Cherry
Mandalay, Myanmar29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom. So, you can visit the moat and royal palace. It is not original one, destroyed Second World War. It was reconstructed in 1990. If you go there, you will be checked by Archaeological Department. The main entrance fees is 10,000 kyats\ 10 $ for one person.
Written March 8, 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The palace area is huge! We didn't go in there, as there doesn't seem to be much of interest. The palace isn't the original one, but is a 1990's replica and I think the military still hold space there. But we did have reason to drive along the walls and moat several times in the course of our stay in Mandalay. The perimeter, fully lined with a pretty moat (a popular gathering place) is enormous, giving an idea of the scale of the original palace complex. If you've read The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh about the final overthrow of the Burmese Royal House by the Brisitish in the mid nineteenth century, then you may be interested in this place, as I guess this was the palace they were removed from and from whence King Thibaw and Queen Supyalat went into exile in India.
Written February 8, 2020
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Meander778632
Colombo, Sri Lanka16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was wonderful to visit this replica of the original Glass Palace, which was destroyed by Japanese bombs during WW2, to recall the simple splendor of the Burmese Kingdom, before the pillage of the country for its natural resources, especially its wonderful teak trees.

A simple structure, without furniture, as it was an audience hall, with the King and Queen shown in their natural reclining positions at a level higher than those who sought audience. No furniture was required. The term glass refers to the millions of mirror pieces that decorate the outer walls, reflecting light.

Like all foreigners, I was required to walk the 1 kilometer or so, which I found peaceful and meditative.
Written January 9, 2020
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dg_travellerUK
London, UK87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Very big palace, it was okay visiting although 10K is very expensive and I didn’t feel comfor leaving my passport at the entrance.

The museum was interesting, and the view from the tower too.

If you have time, why not visit the place. Otherwise, don’t waste your time on it, honestly there are much better things to see in Mandalay.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jittima P
937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Have to deposit the passport at the front gate including the ID card of the driver.
Large area to explore for like 2-3 hours.
The observation deck is worth to climb up.
The museum is also nice with many precious items.
Written January 26, 2020
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Michele P
Marrakech, Morocco479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This palace is set in large grounds, and the lack of tourists and open spaces added to the experience. Most of the other visitors were local families and monks.

Walking around is easy as you wander from building to building. There is also a small museum that held some lovely items.

There is a tower that you can climb, which offers wonderful views over the Palace grounds and surrounding countryside.

We really enjoyed our time here, and it is certainly worth visiting.
Written February 27, 2020
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