If you want to discover the history of the city of Mandalay with vicissitudes, The Royal Mandalay Palace- the glory of ancient Myanmar country is a best choice.
Located in the heart of Mandalay city, Mandalay Palace was the first royal palace in here, built by King Mindon after he moved the capital from Amarapura in 1861 according to an ancient prophecy. This place is believed to be sacred and concordant with the astronomical calculations.
Surrounded by the rectangular shaped walls and deep moats, the palace in the past includes 114 royal apartments. However, because of the invasions, especially the air raid of the British against the Japanese in the World War 2, it was destroyed into ashes, except only the royal mint and the watch tower. In the early 1990s, it was it has been restored nearly its entire original architectural with some modern materials for the purpose of reconstruction pride and glorious milestone of the past. The Royal Mandalay Palace is a harmonious combination of traditional and modern building techniques.
The original purpose of the building complex is not only the home of the royal family but also a military fort. Therefore, its overall architecture is pretty solid with four 2 km long walls constituting a perfect closed square, 48 bastions, 12 gates protected by a several meters masonry screen from the moat in front of the entrance. The splendid palace is a complicated fortress, built of teak on brick foundation with red and yellow as the dominant colors. There are 3 room complexes for queens in three directions: North, South and West. The east room called Glass Palace was divided into two rooms by a wooden partition. It was not only King Mindon’ s bedroom but also the place organizing royal ceremonies such as marriage, happy New Year, the formal ear piercing of young princesses. Moreover, there are audience halls, throne halls, devotional halls, religious edifices and monastery. Prominent clock tower with a high square plinth and four clock mounted on four sides can wake the whole city by the sound emanating from by a gong and a big drum at each clock. To the south of the clock tower is Tooth-Relic Tower, which is a relic bearing the featured Myanmar architectural beauty. Meanwhile, to the north is the tomb of the royal where is the place of worship kings and queens, especially King Mindon who ordered to build the Mandalay palace. All buildings were designed meticulously with water systems, roads, playgrounds, gardens and security ports. Travelers will also have the opportunity to admire eight thrones in the Palace, in which Lion Throne is the largest and most exquisite. The ingeniously sculpted details represent inspiration and wonderful handicrafts workmanship of Myanmar people as well as the golden age of ancient Mandalay city.
Until now, The Royal Mandalay Palace is a magnificent symbol of Mandalay city and the worth historic site attracting a large number of visitors each year.
Tourists can rent royal attire of kings, queens, princes, princesses to take some impressive photos.