Mandalay, Shwenandaw monastery • Myanmar

Unveil the Majesty! Immerse yourself in the captivating journey of Shwenandaw Monastery, a mesmerizing golden teak wood sanctuary that once served as a royal palace. Embark on this enlightening video experience of just over 5 minutes, filled with historical explanations that transport you to the heart of Mandalay, Myanmar. Discover the extraordinary architecture and timeless beauty of this iconic monastery. Let the breathtaking visuals reveal intricate details and the cultural significance of this revered structure. Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the fascinating legacy of Mandalay. Prepare to be amazed and inspired by this immersive encounter. Experience Shwenandaw Monastery like never before, with enlightening historical insights that illuminate its glorious past. An unforgettable journey awaits at the core of Myanmar's cultural treasure.

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Shwenandaw Monastery

The Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay is the most important monument in Mandalay and certainly the finest teak construction in Myanmar and possibly the world.

History of Shwenandaw

This building has an unusual history. Originally built in what was the capital of the Konbaung dynasty founded by King Mindon (Amarapura, currently a suburb of Mandalay) before following the court when the king decided to transfer the capital to Mandalay. It must be said that at the beginning, this monastery was the royal palace. It was much larger at the time. Shwenandaw siginfie "Golden Palace Monastery". His move from Amarapura to Mandalay dates back to 1878.

All this great architectural complex was therefore dismantled, transported over a dozen kilometers and reassembled in the new royal city of Mandalay. Many thanks to the hundreds of elephants who suffered during this move.

On the death of King Mindon, his son decided to transform this palace into a monastery in memory of his father. But superstition engendered fear of ghosts and the new king couldn't help but think that the old palace was haunted by the spirit of his father.

So he decided to move it once again, outside the royal city.

During the Second World War, the Japanese occupiers found it very much to their liking and established their headquarters there. The British did not need more to bomb it in 1945. These bombings largely destroyed the building. The Shwenandaw Monastery which remains standing today is absolutely magnificent, and owes its salvation only to being moved from the grounds of the royal palace to its present location.

The fact remains that what is visible today is only a tiny part of the former royal palace of Mandalay.

about the place, Mandalay:

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is Myanmar's second city after Yangon (Rangoon). Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay became the capital of the Konbaung dynasty in place of Amarapura.

It was also the last royal capital of Burma before annexation by the British in 1885. However, it remained a leading commercial and cultural center during the British era.

The city was devastated during the conquest of Burma by Japan in World War II and it became part of the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948.


Spoken comments in the film: 

The Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay is also called the Golden Palace Monastery. Originally this monastery was located in the ancient capital Amarapura and was the royal palace. The palace was moved to Mandalay in 1857.

On the death of King Mindon, his son transformed the palace into a monastery in memory of Mindon. Fearing that the spirit of the dead king would haunt the monastery, his son had it moved once again, outside the royal city.

It served as headquarters for the Japanese during World War II and was largely destroyed by fire in British bombing raids in 1945.

Only the current buildings which only represent a part of the initial monument escaped these fires.



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a wooden pediment on the pagoda, Mandalay • Myanmar
fronton Shwenandaw, Mandalay • Myanmar

fronton Shwenandaw

Shwenandaw buddha, Mandalay • Myanmar

Shwenandaw buddha

Shwenandaw, pillars and walls covered with gold, Mandalay • Myanmar

Shwenandaw, pillars and walls covered with gold

Shwenandaw, facade and entrance, Mandalay • Myanmar

Shwenandaw, facade and entrance

Mandalay, Myanmar

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