We woke up at our hotel at about 8:00am, had breakfast to fuel up for the long walking day ahead, and then set out on our adventure! We decided to see all the beautiful shrines that we had walked by on our way to Mandalay Hill the day before.
We first stopped at a shiny new shrine that was built in 2020. We visited Myanmar in the first week of February 2020, so the shrine must have been a maximum of 1 month old!!!
We then walked to the gorgeous old teak monastery Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung. The entire building was covered in elaborate wooden carving, depicting scenes from various Buddhist texts.
Every single surface was incredible! We wandered around the monastery, almost completely on our own, except for one of two other tourists and a few monks.
The monastery had originally been on the palace grounds, but had been moved to it’s current location for superstitious reasons. After King Mindon Min’s father had passed away, the king became convinced that the monastery was haunted with his father’s spirit, so the building was relocated to it’s current location.
This is easily the most beautiful building I have ever seen, so do not miss this when you visit Mandalay Myanmar. The entrance fee is $10, but the ticket will get you into a lot of other sites in the region.