Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Monastery is located in Mandalay city, 40 meters from the city center, near 14 road, next to Atumashi Monastery. This is the only royal monastery surviving to this day that aslo famous for its unique architecture and has been known an important historical building of Mandalay.
Shwenandaw Monastery is an example of 19th-century teak-carved architecture, an important monument to the intricate art of woodcarving. It is also part of the Amarapura royal palace built during the reign of King Mindon.


Visitors will have to marvel at the intricately carved figures of Buddhist mythology and the life of Buddha at Shwenandaw Monastery. The monastery is divided into 4 floors, the top is dome and there are 150 teak pillars plated with gold and delicately carved, placed on extremely beautiful stylized lotuses. All elements in the monastery preserve the image of a golden age of the royal family. The architecture inside is a delicate combination of glass, mirror, and gilded to protect the teak wood, all designed in a traditional style with the central shrine considered as the national religion of Myanmar that only men are allowed to come in.
The monastery has been dismantled twice, first in 1857 and then in 1859 when King Mindon died, it was removed from the royal palace, so it is the only building that has survived after World War II, in 1945, the entire palace was destroyed by Japanese bombs.


Shwenandaw Monastery not only attracts tourists because of its unique architecture but also it contains many mysteries of history. Some attractive destinations of Mandalay tourists can visit together with Shwenandaw Monastery such as Mandalay palace, Mandalay hill, U Bein bridge, Mingun village, Inwa village, Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery, Sandamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Maha Atulawaiyan Monastery và KyauKTaw Gyi Pagoda…
You can go from Yangon or other cities to Mandalay by plane, train or car, then from the center of Mandalay, it only takes about half an hour to drive to Shwenandaw Monastery.
Tourists can visit Shwenandaw all year round, however, best time to visit Mandalay and Shwenandaw is from November to February next year when the temperature is not too muggy and there is little rain that is much convenient for traveling and sightseeing.