The Royal Palace is, in fact, a walled citadel made up of gigantic 3.2 km long, 8 m high walls and it is placed in the heart of Mandalay and protected by a 70 m wide canal. Mandalay Royal Palace was assembled by King Mindon in 1857; however, he moved his capital from Amarapura in 1861, to fulfill an old foretelling.
The great part of the structures was built of teak wood on raised brick plinth covered with gold and vermilion. All auxiliary structures for the court, the equipped high walls with ramparts, water systems, channels, roads, gardens with shady tamarind trees, recreational play areas, mint, swimming pools, security ports with infantry, archers, cavalry, mounted guns, sheds for regal elephants, stables, audience lobbies, throne halls, religious buildings and monastery and devotional halls were magnificently arranged and executed to every detail. Amid WWII, numerous areas of the palace were demolished; however, it was revamped at the end of the war. The Royal Palace is one of the city’s top attractions, boasting various structures and a museum where you’ll see models of the few first royal residence buildings.