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Why Mandalay Palace is special ?
The glittering 1990s reconstruction of Mandalay's royal palace complex is impressive for its scale with over 40 timber buildings built to resemble the 1850s originals. Climb the curious spiral, timber-walled watchtower for a good general view. The palace's most striking structure is a soaring multilayered pyramid of gilt filigree above the main throne room in front of which a series of royal paraphenalia are displayed. Few other halls have much inside but the westernmost building within the palace oval contains a minor culture museum where the most intriguing exhibit is King Thibaw's dainty, glass-pillared four-poster bed.
Palace access for foreigners is only via the fortress's east gate. If cycling or motorcycling you must dismount as you pass through the gate and, due to army sensibilities, you are required to stay on the direct access way and palace loop road. From this road you can see (but technically should not approach) the tomb of King Mindon , a large drum-tower , sheds containing over 600 stone inscription slabs and a small airplane on some rocks in the trees.
What to explore at Mandalay Palace?
Foreigners can only enter the walls through the east gate and are not allowed to deviate from the straight road to the centre. The best way to get an overview of the palace is by climbing the 130 steps of the helter-skelter-like watchtower in the southeast of the palace area. The iron roofs of the forty or so timber buildings that make up the palace may look inauthentic, but were actually specified that way by King Mindon. Generally though, the buildings, reminiscent of a film set, are impressive from a distance but less so when examined up close.
How to get to Mandalay Palace?
Mandalay Royal Palace is located in the North end of Mandalay. The huge grounds are found between 12th street in the North and 26th street (National Highway 3) in the South.
- Nice place to walk
- Symbol of Mandalay
- Nice easy visit from Mandalay centre
- Main Attraction in Madalay
- Interesting place to learn history
Mandalay Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
You can get a ticket of 10000 Kyats ( 10usd) and visit lots of places in Mandalay , including this splendid palace. Easy access, well located, well maintained, systematically displayed antiquities... Tranquil and picturesque surrounding. Like a Home in Old Capital of Myanmar, this is a must for all tourists to have a look at interesting history of this amazing country. Highly recommended!
Night View at Mandalay Palace is Great... But don't stay late... :)