Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago – Kanbawzathadi Palace

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Kanbawzathadi Palace is the must see place if you are a fan of majestic palaces and royal constructions. It is located in Bago city, the old capital of Myanmar which is less than 2 hour drive from Yangon. If you are visiting Yangon, Bago is highly recommended for a day trip and there are few important sites beside this palace.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Chinthes – Lion looking creature

A pair of giant Chinthes was seen displayed at the gate of the Palace when our private taxi drove near to our destination.  Chinthes are often seen outside the pagodas & temples throughout Myanmar.  You also see Chinthes in Thailand  & Cambodia. Similar to the Chinese guardian lions/石獅 for protection purposes.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

I was indeed quite excited as I have been seeing too many pagodas and stupas so it is a good break to see something different. The Palace was painted with gold color so it is also known as the Golden Palace.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

The Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace complex has two main buildings. The main one is the Golden Palace which was built in the 16th century but was destroyed due to fire and war. Things inside were being looted. But luckily a replica was built in 1990 which look identical to the original palace. The original palace was built during the successful time in Burmese history by the famous King Bayinnaung who conquered Ayutthaya in Thailand (Ayutthaya Ruin is less than an hour from Bangkok Thailand).

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

There are several pictures and artifacts when you entering the palace hall which gives us some history lesson of this place.

Picture of the 3 famous King in Myanmar

King Anawrahta – The first king for Myanmar who introduced Theravada Buddhism. He also united the northern part of Myanmar with the Mon Kingdom of the south.

King Bayingnaung – The King of Toungoo Dynasty, making Myanmar the most powerful kingdom in southeast Asia. (Invaded Thai capital of Ayutthaya and brought back the Thai princess as hostage)

King Alaungmintaya – He is considered one of the three greatest monarchs of Burma/Myanmar alongside Anawrahta and Bayinnaung for unifying Burma for the third time.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

The hall look grand with giant pillars all painted in gold. You are able to see the original teak wood used to build the palace which were mostly destroyed and burnt which were placed next to the new pillars.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Original teak wood used in 16th century

167 teak pillars were found, 135 of which are inscribed in Mon language with the names of towns, regions and people who donated them to the palace in the 16th century.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Royal Lion Throne Hall

This is the place for the King to meet his ministers.  Once upon a time, this place has 9 Royal Thrones, each of them was used for different occasion and in different style and design but due to the fire in 1599, most of the thrones were burned down, except for the Lion Throne here. If you see clearly, there is lion figures carved on it. The real throne is exhibited in the National Museum of Myanmar in Yangon.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

You can go behind the throne and walk one round but it is quite dark.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Replica of the King’s golden coach

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

The three important dynasties in Myanmar History

Bagan Period, Hantharwaddy Period and Konboung Period.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Bhammayarthana Throne Hall also known as Bee Throne Hall

This is a private quarter for the King, you are able to see the Royal bed chamber and living chamber. Again, it is a bit dim inside. You can count the 7 layered roof top known as “Pyatthat” usually incorporated into Burmese Buddhist and royal architecture. Such style of roof top are prominent feature in the royal buildings which symbolized Buddhist heaven.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Entrance fees

Included in Bago archeological zone ticket at US$ 10 or 10,000 kyatt for 4 attractions in Bago.

Operating hours :

9am to 5 pm daily except Burmese national holidays.

Shops outside the palace park

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

Final thoughts :

Even though Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace is the replica, it is still worth to visit to see the stunning Burmese architecture. You can use your imagination to visualise how it looks like in the 16th Century. Plenty of photo opportunities outside and inside the palace. The Golden Palace is located in a huge park and locals especially couples love coming here for photo taking and courtship. An hour is enough to explore this palace.

Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago - Kanbawzathadi Palace

 

32 Replies to “Myanmar : The Golden Palace in Bago – Kanbawzathadi Palace”

  1. What a truly beautiful place the golden palace is. I just love the architectural design as well as the incredible detailing on the building’s interior and exterior. Would love to visit someday.

    1. Dear Nicole,

      You can count the 7 layered roof top known as “Pyatthat” usually incorporated into Burmese Buddhist and royal architecture. Such style of roof top are prominent feature in the royal buildings which symbolized Buddhist heaven. Truly stunning.

  2. Oh my goodness! The architecture is amazing! So beautiful! I can’t wait to visit there (my goal is to travel the world so Myanmar is one of the places where I want to go to)

    1. Dear paleobythepenny,

      Bago is an interesting historical old town which is about 2 hours drive from Yangon city. Beside the Golden Palace, there are few interesting sites around this area. Most people do a day trip from Yangon as the hotel in Bago town is not that great.

  3. I never been to Myanmar but it is on my bucket list. What a beautiful Golden Palace! Stunning architecture and detailed design. By the way, love your outfit so pretty!

    1. Dear Soon Joo,

      Thanks for your comment and glad you love my outfit. Sleveless and short skirt is not permitted in most of the temples in Myanmar. So I have to purposely wear a top on top of my sleeves blue dress. I agree the architecture is stunning even though it is a replica palace as the real one was burnt down.

    1. Dear Alvern,

      Thailand and Myanmar share similar culture as both are strong believer in Buddhism however their food are slightly different. I perfer Thai food which are sour, hot and spicy. Monhinga is the national breakfast in Myanmar and you have to try if you are in Myanmar. I tried Monhinga but don’t really prefer it as the soup base is too sticky for me and contain some chickpea which I am not use to.

  4. Though this palace is reconstructed, it is still beautiful with gold painted decoration, big teak timber and remaining teak posts for building palace brought by lesser kings to great king Bayinnaung. We can see many teak post on them names are describing with ancient myanmar alphabets.

    1. Dear Monidipa,

      The teak timber in the Golden Palace are still the original from the ancient time. It was placed beside the new one. You are right, you can see many teak with names with ancient Myanmar alphabets too.

    1. Dear Krish,

      Thank you for your comment. The Royal Lion Throne hare are also replica, we saw the real Royal Lion Throne in National Museum of Myanmar in Yangon. The throne look really stunning!

    1. Dear Marysa,

      You are right, The Golden Palace in Bago is one of the must see if you are in Yangon or Bago town. Bago is about 2 hours drive from Yangon. There are 4 important sites included in the Bago historical site tickets, one of them is the Golden Palace and the rest is the Kyaik Pun Pagoda (Four towering images of the Buddha sitting back to back), Mahazedi Pagoda (16th century pagoda built to enshrine a Buddha tooth relic) and Shwethalyaung Buddha (One of the largest reclining Buddha images over a 1,000 years old). The ticket for 4 sites sold at USD 10.00

  5. What an amazing place to visit. It looks so full of culture and would be the best place to spend the day with a camera!

    1. Dear Denisha,

      Yes, you are right. The teak wood is he only original thing left in the Golden Palace. The rest are replica as the Golden Palace was damaged and burnt down many years ago. So do look out for the original of the teak wood displayed, they look pretty old but the part of the wood are still very strong.

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