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“Reconstructed Palace, remains still visible”

Kambazathadi Golden Palace
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Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon
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“Reconstructed Palace, remains still visible”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Interesting to see how huge this palace really was. It was excavated in the early 1990s and the original teak columns are on display. It was rebuilt in the footprint of the original. None of the "artifacts" are real-those are on display in the National Museum in Yangon. But, it's still worth a visit here.

Visited February 2013
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“Replica without atmosphere”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stopped off here on our way back from Golden Rock. The building itself is a replica so lacked atmosphere. There were some interesting displays inside of timber etc but its not worth a special trip out there. We di not linger long.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This site is still under restoration. The original palace on the site belonged to King Bayintnaung, 1551-1581. On the site the government is working to reconstruct this palace on its former footprints after it was raised and pillaged by the Portuguese taking the gold from the site. One can only imagine the beauty that this site must have been in its former glory. Built of teak wood pillars from trees in the range of 120 years old by ring dating of those recovered from the site. In the Royal Audience Hall once stood 171 teak pillars donated by leaders of towns, villages, Shan Chiefs and other important figures.towards the construction of the palace. There is still much to do in terms of excavation and reconstruction on the site, you can also go and see many of the original teak pillars and carvings that were a part of the original construction.

It is pretty cool, but all in all, a lot of work remains to be done on the site and while we were there it did not appear much was happening too fast.

Visited April 2012
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“Good replica showing what it would have been”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This is a reconstructed version of King Bayinnaung 's Kanbawzathadi Palace in Bago. Considering that there are no original palaces left in Burma today, the Kanbawzathadi Palace is a good place to visit to have a sense of the architecture. The Great Audience Hall and the Bee Throne Hall have been reconstructed according to plan. You can see the original teak columns bearing names of the various cities which sent the teak to the King as gifts. Do read the write up detailing the achievements of King Bayinnaung. It is a real pity that his son was unable to defend Bago.

Visited June 2012
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“Fascinating light and airy golden reconstructed palace”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

The Kambazathadi (also Kanbawzathadi) Golden Palace was originally built starting in 1553 by the famous Mon/Myanmar King Bayinnaung, founder of the 2nd Empire. Unfortunately the various buildings were destroyed in a foreign attack fifty or so years later and largely forgotten until excavations were started in 1990 but only a small part has so far been excavated. Some of the teak column post holes discovered at the time can still be seen by visitors. Based on what was found in the early excavations and from the discovered drawings of the period by one of the King's Ministers, Letwe Nawratha, reconstruction was started by the Myanmar authorities of a few of the main buildings out of the 76 original buildings and halls in the 4 square miles or so of the original walled palace. Work on the initial reconstruction finished in 2003 and now we can all see at least some of the splendours of the 2nd Empire. There are only a few bits of furniture and artifacts so mainly it is just the building that one sees but that is certainly very impressive, and my, what a lot of gold paint. Lovely, if you like gold paint, which I do. The original great Audience Hall apparently had roof tiles of solid gold but the reconstruction does not seem to have included them! There are a number of other rooms linked to the Great Audience Hall which can also be visited.
You can also visit the nearby (actually the first big building on the left you come to when driving up the driveway) Bee Building which I think was meant to be used by the Queen. The building was closed when we arrived but there was a caretaker person around who allowed us in and showed us around and explained things, though his English was not that good. We gave him a tip at the end of course.
If we had more time there were some more bits we could have seen but certainly those two buildings made the visit well worthwhile.

Visited November 2011
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