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Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace

Built between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon’s founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay, the Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy located in Mandalay. Mostly following the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled strong surrounded by a moat, the palace itself situated at the centre of the citadel and faces east. The number of spirals above a building shows the importance of the area below with all one storey in height buildings of the palace. Travel Indochina

Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace

Being the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of the country, the palace whose complex recessed to be a royal residence and seat of government on 28 November 1885 is one of the most popular religious sites in Myanmar. Myanmar tours packages

At the campus, there is only one major wooden building remained – the Shwenandaw Monastery, which is entirely made of teak and decorated with detailed and florid carvings. The watch tower and royal mint were also unchangeable together with the rest of the Royal Palace which has been rebuilt from scratch.

The campus

The campus

The way past the throne room and to the residences was constructed in the early 1990s is almost everything you walk through from the entrance hall. Although it is no doubt of the formal design and some traditional construction techniques used, recently novel materials like concrete and corrugated iron were accompanied into the reconstructions.

It does not take too long to walk through the palace but you may waste a long time getting into it. The palace grounds are enormous and have a strong influence on the cityscape. Covering a huge square of about two kilometers on each side, surrounded by a 64 meter-wide moat with only the eastern entrance can be used by tourists it can take you a long time to discover all the beauty of this temple.

Konbaung era Hluttaw

Konbaung era Hluttaw

Some artifacts on display in glass showcases and several reproductions of thrones are placed inside the Palace there. Many of the original artifacts that used to be in the Palace at the end of the 19th century are still on display in a British museum. Several rooms of the Palace display life size statues of King Mindon Min and his successor King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese King. Now the Burmese army use part of the citadel complex while the Palace and its surrounding gardens are open to the public.

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