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Golden Palace Monastery

Also called the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery was originally part of the capital before Mandalay - Amapura’s Royal Palace - this intricate architectural wonder exclusively made from teakwood was dismantled and rebuilt at the new teak-made Royal Palace of the new capital, Mandalay during 1857.

Take some time to observe the woodwork of the building and the extreme care allotted to its construction. Walls, doors, screens, and facades that are fully ornamented and reaching toward the skies cannot be missed. Its detailed four-tiered roof is decorated with carvings of mythical creatures, animals, dancers and depictions of multiple Buddhist beliefs and legends. It is called the Golden Palace Monastery because, during its time as a part of the Mandalay Royal Palace, it was fully gilted – covered in gold.



The Golden Palace Monastery is located near the Mandalay Royal Palace grounds.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily from 8:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Golden Palace Monastery is part of the Mandalay Archaeological Zone. Tourists have to pay USD 10 as an entrance fee.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Mandalay via Myanmar Airlines.
  • From the airport, board a taxi to the city proper.
  • From the city centre, rent an e-bike or a motorcycle to the Golden Palace Monastery.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this area is one hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit is between 9:00 and 11:00.



Dining options around the area include Golden Palace Restaurant, Mogok Daw Shan, Central Park, Ko’s Kitchen, Golden Duck, and Aye Myit Tar.



Nearby Attractions

  • Kutho Daw Pagoda
  • Sanda Muni Paya
  • Mandalay Hill
  • Mandalay Marionette Theater



Accommodation in Mandalay can be availed from Hotel Mandalay, Hotel 76, Hotel A1, Mandalay City Hotel, and Ayarwaddy River View Hotel. Rates range from USD 22 to USD 58.

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