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Teak Shwenadaw Monastery, Mandalay

About the time we pulled up to Shwenadaw Monastery we had almost had enough of temples and monasteries for the day. Several fellow travelers on the road have told us, "You see one pagoda/stupa/temple, you've seen 'em all." Yep, we were getting burned out on our tour of ancient religious sites. That is until we arrived at this monastery. Shwenadaw was once an apartment to the king. After his death, his son believing the place was haunted by his father had it disassembled, moved, then reassembled and made into a monastery. What's really amazing about this monastery is the fact it is constructed entirely of teak. On the outside of the monastery are carvings of various mythological figures common in the Buddhism of Myanmar.

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