Mandalay Palace

Those with two or more days in Bagan should consider exploring the surrounding countryside, and a trip to the Mandalay Palace is a great place to start! The palace is the last royal palace of the Burmese monarchy and is a big hit with culture vultures and history buffs alike. Make sure you leave a day spare to visit!

Palace History

Constructed between 1857 and 1859 by King Mindon in the traditional Burmese design, this impressive palace complex is home to a walled fort structure, a giant citadel and is surrounded by a protective moat. Wandering around the grounds is an experience, but you should also climb the spiral watchtower and admire the views over the complex.

How to Get Here

The palace sits a four-hour drive northeast of Bagan, and the journey may seem like quite the trek. However, the trip is well worth it. Tourists choose between travelling here independently in a taxi or joining a pre-arranged group tour from Bagan. The latter offers the comfort of exploring at ease without having to worry about your ride back to town and is the preferred option for most travellers.

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