Photo: One of the palace's pretty sections.

Mandalay Palace

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Built by King Mindon between 1857 and 1859 and inherited by King Thibaw before colonial times, Mandalay Palace was the last Burmese royal citadel to be built in Burma.

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The palace follows a traditional model, sitting within a square moated fort. Each of the four walls is two kilometres in length with a wide moat running around the outside. Each wall has a gate, but tourists are only permitted to enter via the eastern gate on 76th Street, where you can also buy your 10,000 Mandalay combo ticket, entitling you to enter.

A popular spot for domestic tourists. Photo taken in or around Mandalay Palace, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

A popular spot for domestic tourists. Photo: Mark Ord

Previously, the royal palace was located at Amarapura, and with the help of elephants was dismantled and moved to Mandalay in 1857. Some 25 years later, during the third Anglo-Burmese war, the Brits arrived, captured the royal family, and, mirroring their approach to the entire country, looted the palace—burning parts of it down in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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