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September 18, 2019

Visitors throng Mandalay Shwenandaw Monastery

Tourists visit Mandalay Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay.  Photo: Supplied
Tourists visit Mandalay Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay. Photo: Supplied

Local and foreign visitors have been thronging the Mandalay Shwenandaw (Golden Place) Wooden Monastery, located in Aungmyethazan Township, which is currently undergoing renovation work.
“Local and foreign tourists love to visit the monastery and its vicinity. The visitors are interested in observing the delicate art inside and outside the monastery, especially its paintings and sculptures. The structure of the Mandalay Shwenandaw Monastery is systematic. Myanmar people are proud of the ancient art and sculpture of their forefathers,” said a tour guide.
The Golden Palace Monastery, also known as Shwenandaw Kyaung, is currently being renovated by the World Monuments Fund and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. The Ministry is working to conserve paintings and sculptures at the 130-year-old monastery.
Built by the Konbaung Dynasty, the interiors and the facade of the monastery are decorated with intricate wood carvings in teak. The structure incorporates 150 major wooden pillars, 54 carved pillars, and five brick staircases. The roof and walls of the monastery are also decorated with teak carvings, depicting tales from Buddhist mythology. Inside the monastery, there are 10 scenes from the jatakas, or stories about the previous lives of the Buddha.— Than Zaw Min (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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