Shwenandaw Monastery Description:
The Shwenandaw Kyaung is a 19th century Buddhist monastery in Mandalay.
The teakwood monastery lies just outside the walls of the Mandalay Palace, and is known for its intricate wood carvings of Buddhist myths that cover the interior and exterior walls of the structure.
After the death of King Mindon Min (the penultimate king of Burma), his successor King Thibaw Min became convinced that his father’s soul was haunting the royal apartment. King Thibaw had the royal apartment dismantled piece by piece and reconstructed outside the palace walls as the Shwenandaw Monastery in 1880.
The Burmese style building’s four-tiered roof is wrapped in intricate teakwood carvings representing scenes from Buddhist scriptures and legends. The entire structure is comprised of teakwood including the 150 support pillars that hold up the roof.
An Allied bombing against a Japanese occupation force that was sheltering inside the Mandalay Palace incinerated almost the entire compound in 1945. The Shwenandaw Monastery is one of only three structures that remain of the original Mandalay Palace.
Best Time to Visit Shwenandaw Monastery:
The best weather to explore the many Buddhist temples and shrines in Mandalay is during the temperate dry season that runs between November and May. The rainy season follows from June to October, which revives the region’s verdant plant life after the arid summer.
How to get to Shwenandaw Monastery:
The Shwenandaw Monastery is the only intact example of a fully teakwood structure from the royal compound in the Mandalay Palace. Its royal heritage earned it the nickname “The Golden Monastery,” and the intricate carvings that festoon the building are a memorable sight that should not be missed.
Shwenandaw Monastery Highlights:
The Shwenandaw Monastery is just outside the Mandalay Palace in the same compound as the Autmashi Monastery, which is a replica of a 19th century structure that was gutted by fire.
Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the city of Mandalay via a direct flight from the former capital of Yangon. Once arriving in the town, guests are chauffeured between Mandalay’s numerous sights in a private luxury vehicle for the duration of their visit.
Centers of Buddhist religious activity in Myanmar have a strict dress code requiring attendees to cover their shoulders, arms, and knees in modest clothing.