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King Thibaw Min constructed this wonderful teak monastery in 1880 and it still stands today in perfect condition and one can visit it with the multi-entrance ticket for the Mandalay attractions. The whole building used to be his father's apartment but Thibaw relocated the building to its present location as he believed that it was haunted by his father's spirit. It was originally at Amarapura and was adorned with gold and glass mosaic work (must have been an impressive sight back then ). It took 5 years to re-assemble as a monastery on the plot adjoining Atumashi Monastery and he had it dedicated to the memory of his dad, King Mindon Min. Shwenandaw is the only complete building from the royal palace that remains today. The building is original traditional Burmese architecture and the walls and roofs have many teak carvings of Buddhist myths (Jataka stories). At one time the whole building inside and out was gold, but the only evidence of this now is inside the temple where it glitters in the semi-darkness.
It is also known as the Golden Palace Monastery
Just across from Shwenandaw Monastery there are several stalls selling souvenirs and religious pieces, but be careful as the prices are extremely high for tourists. I asked the price of one simple puppet and was told $20, but a few days later i saw exactly the same puppet and was told $5. Don't be frightened to bargain hard for these items and start at 25% of the quoted price. Don't forget that many tourists are not familiar with bargaining and some are rather embarrassed and will purchase the item at the first price quoted. If visiting many monasteries you will more than likely come across the same item so you can start bargaining just a bit lower than the lowest price quoted to you somewhere else.
As you wander around the teak monastery you will see some Buddha images in many areas, and possibly some locals praying, making offerings to the Buddha. One of my favorites were the two fellows carrying the bell , and of course the many Buddha images. In the background you can clearly see the golden walls.
At Shwenandaw Monastery you will see countless teak carvings on the walls, ceilings and doors, must have taken years for the carpenters to make. Many of the carvings are related to the Jataka stories, which are a series of tales from India concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha which are dated from the 4th century BC. Take a look at the figures on the doors that are quite thick. The hinges must be strong to hang such a heavy teak door. I did not look at how the doors were supported.
Known locally as the Teak Monastery, this interesting building once served as the royal apartments for King Mindon, later it was converted into a Buddhist Monastery. One of the few original buildings that survived the destruction of the city. The central building was built on tail poles and was constructed with teak wood, it´s surrounded by a wooden veranda. All the balaustrades and roof cornices are beautifully carved. Free Entrance.
A beautiful example of a Burmese teak temple, this monastery was once part of the palace precinct of Mandalay Fort, but dismantled and moved to the present location for its current use in 1880. Originally used as an apartment by King Mindon, the remnants of the exquisite artistry of the teak carvers of the past, remain roughly chiselled in the panels which adorn the inside and outside of the main building.
The best examples of the panels are obviously inside, where the effects of weathering are less evident. There is a series of 10 panels - jataka, depicting past life stories of the Buddha.
We had the opportunity to watch some of the young monks doing their studies here - and had a strolling chat with one of the boys, who showed us around the monastery.
Shwenandaw Kyaung , if I`m not wrong...
Built by King Mindon in the mid-nineteenth century. Originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura, it was moved to Mandalay... King Mindon died here in 1878, and his son and successor, King Thibaw , often went there to meditate... I tried too , but alas !
Thibaw very soon became a mad about that Mindon’s spirit was haunting the building...
Oh gods , gods ...why do you punish me?...my reason no longer serves me...
Poison, bring me poison..
Realmente bonito por las tallas de madera que tiene en el exterior y en el interior. Este edidicio form? parte del Palacio Real
Really nice due to the wood carvings inside and outside.This building was part of the Royal Palace
These panels are so cool. I'm surprised that they survived the British Era. Some of them look quite weather beaten. I'm willing to venture a guess that not all of the panel are as old as they say. Some of them look newer than others. At one time this building was gilded and decorated with glass mosaics but that is long gone.
This whole building is just fantastic (to me) I couldn't believe what I was looking at. I had seen similar buildings but done out of stone. This is all done out of Teak! Each panel has some sort of story. I didn't really take the time to learn much about it. As I would have failed the test the next day but it sure was cool to look at!
This building is very interesting as it is all carved out of wood. And quite a bit of the outside is very weather worn! Without some serious restoration this Monastery will be dissapearing! I was suprised to see such a building. The inside is quite nice and cool. I enjoyed walking on the wooden floors! I guess at one time the outside was covered in some sort of Gold but that is all gone now.