Teak Temple in Mandalay

Mandalay-Shwenandaw-10-gje (Photo credit: Gerd Eichmann)
Shwenandaw Monastery 4
Shwenandaw Monastery 4 (Photo credit: Mosmas)

Mandalay is more famous as the capital of Upper Burma. It is the second largest city of Myanmar. The place is well known for its beautiful surroundings and locations which are gaining popularity as tourist spots. One of the most famous places of visit is the Shwenandaw Kyaung or the teak temple which is an exquisite monastery built completely of wood. It is one of the oldest buildings which was spared the damage during World War II. King Mindon died here. Also known as the teak monastery, the building once served as the royal apartments of king Mindon. It was converted into a Buddhist monastery much later.

Shwenandaw Monastery 8
Shwenandaw Monastery 8 (Photo credit: Mosmas)
Altar in Shwenandaw Monastery Mandalay
Altar in Shwenandaw Monastery Mandalay (Photo credit: Leon petrosyan)

The teak temple in Mandalay is a beautiful example of Burmese art, culture, tradition and teak architecture. The monastery was once a part of the Palace which was dismantled and moved to the location where it is now. Most of the exterior parts of the monastery were damaged due to the war. But if you wish to see some intricate work and panels you can find them inside where the weathering is not much evident. Most of the weathering can also be seen on the roof which has faded with time. There is a series of about 10 panels which depict the life stories of Buddha.

Shwenandaw Monastery 3
Shwenandaw Monastery 3 (Photo credit: Mosmas)

The glory of the palace can be seen in the intricate and fine carvings and patterns found on the building. You can also find rich carvings on parapets and bargeboards. The main entry of the building has an imposing teak platform with intricate carvings and finials made of marble. The carvings include rich ornamental patterns, serpentine dragons, figures at dance, vines and flowers, mythical animals etc. It is easy to get to Mandalay. The Mandalay International airport is just 45 km from the city which operates twice a week. You can also reach there by train. For getting around the city you can make use of inexpensive taxis.

Shwenandaw Monastery 6
Shwenandaw Monastery 6 (Photo credit: Mosmas)
Shwenandaw Monastery 5
Shwenandaw Monastery 5 (Photo credit: Mosmas)

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