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“Army place with new tample”
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Moscow, Russia
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“Army place with new tample”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Nothing special inside. The old tample was burned and they build a new. Around temple all arias are close and you can see a lot of police and army people, which are living there and are using bicycles and motobikes.

Visited July 2012
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“Palace is renovated”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

The palace is renovated, and looks to fake and empty , although worth visiting.

Visited May 2012
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“More spectatcular from the outside”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Meh, it is ok, worth a few hours. More interesting to see daily life of the army in and around the palace and the cool moat and walls.

It IS nice inside and nice to walk around it just takes the edge off it if you know that everything is a wooden reconstruction.

It could also do with some better signage. It is mainly in Burmese.

Visited April 2012
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“A real insight into royal life.”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

The reconstruction of parts of the old royal palace shows a lot about the royal way of life. The thrones for the King and his senior wife are impressive.

Visited March 2012
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“An interesting site with good reproductions of the old Palace buildings”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

The current buildings at the Myanan Sankyaw (literal translation Famed Royal Emerald Palace), better known to Westerners as the Mandalay Royal Palace, are entirely reproductions – with the exception of the Watch Tower and Royal Mint which are original. The rest of the Palace was destroyed during WWII, mainly through Allied bombing. The whole Palace Citadel compound is vast, the perimeter walls being 8 kilometres long and the surrounding moat being 64 metres wide and an average of 4.5 metres deep – most of which is still visible. However the old Palace Citadel complex is nowadays mainly used by the Myanmar Army and tourists can only visit the Royal Palace and some of the gardens etc.
The original Royal Palace was only built between 1857-1859 so is not a very old Royal Residence, although many parts of this Palace actually came from the older Royal Palace in Amarapura - to save costs. After its destruction in WWII, little happened until restoration work started in the early 1990's using modern materials and I think seems to have been largely completed now. However, what has been restored is just the buildings, not any of the contents other than some royal artefacts which can be seen behind glass, some of the thrones (reproductions), a royal bed and a few other things – though I understand that London's Victoria & Albert Museum is the best place to see many of the original royal artefacts which used to be in this Palace! There are also a few lifelike statues of King Mindon and his wife and his son King Thibaw at various points in the building – I presume in an effort to add some 'realism'. Despite the lack of many contents, the buildings are impressive and makes the visit worthwhile. The Great Audience Hall, and the Uluttaw, the 'Supreme Court' where the king dispensed justice are particularly resplendent. As well as royal 'working' buildings, a number of the other buildings were actually mausoleums to different members of the royal family. As the restoration is comparatively recent, the whole place still looks in reasonable condition.
We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Royal Palace and it was a worthwhile part of our itinerary.

Visited November 2011
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