Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Monastery 400
Shwenandaw Monastery
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Shwenandaw Monastery is found on Mandalay Hill, Myanmar. It is a historical monument built in the 1800s by the Emperor Mindon. The monastery is famous for the teak carvings of Buddhist myths, decorated roofs and walls.

The Shwenandaw Monastery is built in a Burmese style and it was also the place where the Emperor Mindon had died and later on the building was moved to the monastery. The Shwenandaw Monastery also served as the home for the Emperor Mindon. Also after the emperors death it is also said that Mindon’s spirit has been haunting the monastery.

The Shwenandaw Monastery is built of Myanmar teak and it is a masterpiece of wood carver’s art. The building is wrapped with carved panels and the entire building is wrapped with gold coverings. As a result of bad weather the gold coverings have been damaged.

The Shwenandaw Monastery is also the only wooden Royal Palace that survives to the present day. It is also one of Myanmar’s major tourist spot, it opens at 10 am and closes and 6 pm.

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