Atumashi Kyaung, Mandalay
The Atumashi Kyaung was originally built in 1857 by King Mindon who had founded his new capital of Upper Burma at Mandalay just a few years earlier in 1855. The original Atumashi was a magnificent wooden structure and considered one of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent buildings. It originally contained a very large image of the Buddha made from the king’s lacquered silk clothing, numerous treasures within the structure (a large diamond set in the forehead of the Buddha, four complete sets of the Tripikata and much more). Unfortunately the building and its entire contents burned down in 1890 during british occupation.
The structure was rebuilt according to the original plans in 1996 by the Burmese archaeological department It is still impressive from outside but I can’t give you more info about the inside as due to limited time we didn’t visit it.