As the high season continues in Myanmar, so do the crowds of tourists that throng the Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay Region.
Also known as the Golden Palace Monastery, the Shwenandaw is a stunning example of traditional Myanmar architecture. Situated near Mandalay Hill, visitors say they enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes.
The Shwenandaw Monastery was built in the 19th century. Made of teakwood, both the interior and exterior of the monastery are decorated with intricate wood carvings.
Mr Prati Matteo, an Italian visitor, said that he was impressed during his visit to the famous, 130-year-old monastery built in the Konbaung Dynasty.
The roof and walls of the monastery are richly decorated with teak carvings depicting tales from Buddhist mythology. Inside the monastery, there are 10 jataka scenes, or stories about the previous lives of the Buddha. Despite their age, the jataka scenes are still in a very good condition.
The Shwenandaw Monastery is one of major tourist attractions in Old Mandalay. Other attractions include Taungthaman Lake and U Bein Bridge, Mandalay Hill and Mandalay Royal Palace, with its moat and fortress walls.
Than Zaw Min (IPRD)