Shwenandaw is an exquisite example of the wood-art craftsmanship of the original Burmese style. It’s made completely out of teak, a type of wood that’s native to Myanmar and is known for its durability. Travelers also find this temple easy to fit into a trip to Mandalay, since it’s just a short distance from here to Mandalay Hill.
On a visit here, you’ll get to observe intricate designs that depict Buddhist myths. Guided tours can explain the history that’s depicted in these carved reliefs. It’s a small temple, and doesn’t take very long to explore.
When it was originally constructed, it was part of the Royal Palace. King Mindon Min died in an apartment in the monastery shortly before its completion, in 1878. His son, King Thibaw Min, believed his father’s ghost haunted the temple, so he ordered it disassembled and moved to its current location. Today, it’s the only part of the Royal Palace that still remains – the rest was destroyed during World War II.