- Location: 66 streets and 80 streets, 12th street and 26th street, Mandalay
- Recommended reason: A reconstructed ancient palace reappears the prosperity of Konbaung dynasty
- Tel: +95-9-448008459
- Opening hours: 07:30-16:30 (January 1st - December 31st)
- Entrance fee: Free, but foreigners should buy pass ticket for Mandalay which costs 10000 Kyats and is valid for 5 days.
Mandalay Palace Facts:
The Mandalay Palace is located in the city of Mandalay and is the palace of the last dynasty in Myanmar. The original palace was completely destroyed during World War II. Mandalay Palace that is now seen is the palace that the Myanmar government rebuilt it in 1989 based on historical data. The entire shape of the palace is square. There is a moat and a wall around the palace. It has 4 main entrances and 8 secondary entrances. There are 104 palaces including living rooms of emperor, hall of deliberation of emperor and ministers and the bathing room, etc.. All the palace buildings are constructed of teakwood. The entire building is in red color.
How to visit Mandalay Palace?
The palace is dominated by red and golden color. It looks dazzling in distance. When looking at its carved gallery, you will think that they are exquisite. The palace is made of teakwood, an unique tree in Myanmar. This kind of the wood is characterized by its non-cracking and corrosion resistance. The feudal Burmese dynasty also designated teak as royal wood. The palace and imperial city were built with this wood at that time.
The original palace was completely destroyed during World War II. Mandalay Palace that is now seen is the palace that the Myanmar government rebuilt it in 1989 based on historical data. Although compared to the size and splendor of the original palace, most locals dismiss the restored palace. But it is a good place to learn about the history of the Burmese dynasty. In the palace, there is a 33-meter high watchtower where you can overlook the Royal Palace and Mandalay Street.
The museum in the palace displays the story of the Burmese dynasty. There are many items, furniture and clothing used by the king. It is a pity that in the palace, there is basically no furniture and furnishings, most of which were also stolen and destroyed during World War II. There are about 120 steps in the watchtower which is made of teakwood. Be careful when going up to the watchtower.
How to get to Mandalay Palace?
We can ride a bicycle or rent a rickshaw which costs about 4000 kyats to get around Mandalay Palace. In addition, you can also take a motorcycle which costs about 10,000 kyats to visit the palace.
Tips for visiting Mandalay Palace:
1、There are many camps of Burmese government troops in the palace. So when visiting Mandalay Palace, you should follow the signs inside.
2、The palace has multiple entrances, but the traveler can only enter and exit from the entrance near 66 streets. There will be soldiers checking the passport at the entrance, be careful not to take pictures of the soldiers.
3、There are many restaurants in the residential area near the southeast and south of the palace. After the meal, you can take a walk along the moat.