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November 20, 2019

Mandalay’s famed Golden Palace Monastery under renovation

The US Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel inspects the progress of the renovation at the Golden Palace Monastery in Mandalay. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)
The US Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel inspects the progress of the renovation at the Golden Palace Monastery in Mandalay. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

Located in the Mandalay region, the Golden Palace Monastery, also known as Shwenandaw Kyaung, is being renovated by the World Wildlife Fund and the ministry of religious affairs and culture.
Funded by the US Ambassador to Myanmar, both local and foreign experts are involved in the renovation of the ancient Buddhist monastery, a stunning example of Myanmar architecture. The monastery is situated near Mandalay Hill, an area with beautiful natural landscapes.
The renovation project includes a drainage system, a fire safety plan and the repair of some parts of the main structure. Scot Marciel, the US ambassador to Myanmar, visited the area and inspected the progress of the renovation on 27 January.
The teakwood monastery was built by the Konbaung Dynasty. The interiors and facade of the 130-year-old monastery are decorated with intricate wood carvings. The roof and walls of the monastery are also 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.—Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

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