The Shwe Nandaw ( Golden Palace Monastery ) is one of the hundreds of monasteries in Mandalay. The whole part of monastery is built by teak wood carved all over with motifs and mythical creatures. It was once the private residence of king Mindon. After king Mindon passed away, the Shwe Nandaw Kyaung was donated to the monks as a meditation centre by his heir king Thibaw. This monastery is of great interest and is one of the fine specimens of typical Myanmar wood carving.