Beautiful roof on the Shwenandaw Kyaung, Mandalay in Myanmar

The Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery and The Atumashi Kyaung.

The Shwenandaw Kyaung means Golden Palace Monastery however it is generally known as the Shwe Kyaung which means Golden Monastery.

This beautifully carved teak building was originally part of the Royal Apartments of King Mindon and situated with the old city walls. The monastery is sat on wooden pillars which have all been beautifully carved with serpent shapes. Upon the King's death in 1878 his son (King Thibaw) had the building dismantled and moved piece by piece and re-assembled at it's present location just outside the city walls. Following the re-construction the building was subsequently designated as a Buddhist Monastery (in the early 1880s).
The decision to do this move was fortunate considering the rest of the Royal Palace was firstly looted and then partly destroyed in 1885 by the British and then completely destroyed during WW2. The original monastery was gilded with many glass mosaics and although these have now gone there are numerous typical 19th century Myanmar wooden carvings - many of which are still in good condition. Of note also is that there are ten Jataka which depict stores of the Buddha's life.
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Main entrance steps to Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery – Mandalay.
Rear view of Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery – Mandalay.
beautiful roof carvings at Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery in Mandalay.
Water tank at Shwenandaw Kyaung – Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung Carvings – Mandalay.
Carvings at the Shwenandaw Kyaung – Mandalay.
Inner Hall at Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery – Mandalay.
Sitting Buddha at Shwenandaw Kyaung in Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery carving.
Beautiful figures carved at Shwenandaw Kyaung – Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung carved figures – Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung carvings.
Shwenandaw Kyaung Teak Monastery various carved characters – Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung various carved characters, Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Teak Monastery carved figures – Mandalay.
A carving at The Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery in Mandalay, Burma.
Set within it's own grounds there are several other buildings which would appear to be for accommodation plus there is still a monastery water-tank. This really is a beautiful building which requires a little time spent wandering and appreciating it. Incidentally this Monastery does close it's gates at 1700hrs and they are pretty prompt about this - as well as sort of harrying anybody already inside to leave maybe 10 minutes before closing time.
Old building at Shwenandaw Kyaung Teak Monastery.
Outer accommdation building at Shwenandaw Kyaung, Mandalay.
Pillars holding up The Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery – Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Kyaung Teak Monastery – Mandalay.
Entrance Gates to the Atumashi Kyaung Monastery.

Visiting The Atumashi Kyaung (Monastery) in Mandalay, Myanmar.

This is situated opposite to the Shwenandaw Kyaung and is in complete contrast to it.
The Atumashi Monastery (or Incomparable Monastery) was built in 1857 and described in the 19th century as one of the most beautiful buildings in Mandalay. This is a huge building painted in yellow orcha and white and resembles a mountain temple with it's diminishing terraces all of which are lined with gold stupas.
The Atumashi Kyaung Monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Inner walkway around the Atumashi Monastery, Mandalay.
The huge nearly empty inner hall at Atumashi Monastery, Mandalay.
Buddha Image at Atumashi Monastery - Mandalay.
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