Mandalay Palace was the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw- the last two kings of the country.
As Mandalay was the last home of Myanmar royalty, many things in Mandalay have to be associated with the palace. During a century or so under the British rule, the chief symbols of sovereign, independent Myanmar were the royal palace, the moat and the walls around it. Those things were considered as the pride and glory of not only Mandalay but also the whole country.
The Mandalay Palace becomes the last royal palace of the last Burmese/Myanmarian monarchy. Between 1857 and 1859, the palace was constructed as one part of King Mindon's founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. The plan of Mandalay Palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design; particularly, it is located inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. The palace itself is at the centre of the citadel and faces in the east. All buildings of the palace are of one storey in height. The number of spires above a building indicated the vital of the area below.
Mandalay Palace was the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw- the last two kings of the country. The British turned the palace compound into “Fort Dufferin” during their colonial period, and named the palace after the viceroy of India. Throughout the British colonial era, the palace was seen by the Burmese as the primary symbol of sovereignty and identity. Much of the palace compound was destroyed during World War II by allied bombing and has been rebuilt using forced labor. Only one major wooden building was left to survive – the Shwenandaw Monastery, which is built completely of teak and decorated throughout with detailed and ornate carvings. The watch tower and royal mint were also heavily damaged.
The rest of the Royal Palace has been rebuilt from scratch. A replica of the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s with some modern materials. However, the finely built palace walls, the city gates with their crowning wooden pavilions and the surrounding moat still represent an impressive scene of Mandalay Palace, or in other name: "Mya-nan-san-kyaw Shwenandaw". A model of the Mandalay Palace, Nanmyint-saung and traditional cultural museum are located inside the grounds of Mandalay Palace. Today, Mandalay Palace is a primary symbol of Mandalay and a major tourist destination.
Travel tips to Mandalay Palace
The reflection of the Mandalay on the eastern moat is a beautiful scene to behold from the southeastern corner.
The panoramic view of the Palace and the surrounding areas as far as the Sagaing Bridge, the Ayeyarwady River and the hill ranges seen from the Mandalay Hill during sunset will be an enchanting experience.
Wearing confortable shoes to climb to the top of the watchtower where this royal palace is situated
It is heritage and has been preserved nicly, hence you need at least 4 hours to capture what it contains. Inside palce, you can have refreshement to enjoy.
Some of the dresses of the ancient kings, queens, princes, princesses and other ministers are displayed. You can also wear them and take some pictures.
Entrance Fee : US$ 5.
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