Royal Palace (Mya San Daw)

The Royal Palace in Mandalay was built in 1857 by King Mindon to fulfill an old prophecy to move the capital from Amarapura. Although the largely teak structures of the palace were destroyed by fire, it has been reconstructed to its former glory based on surviving images. The only remaining building of the palace, the Shwenandaw Monastery, will give you an idea of what the palace must have looked like in its original form with its intricate wood carvings that portray tales. You can continue to wander your way through the palace moat, gardens, swimming pools, audience halls, court building, the queen’s chambers, and other historical treasures found within the palace’s 2 km long fortified walls.