Shwe In Bin Kyaung Monastery is a beautifully carved teak monastery. Commissioned in 1895 by a pair of wealthy Chinese jade merchants, the central building stands on thick tree-trunk poles. The highly detailed pointed ‘steeple’ soars to a majestic 75′ completely integrated of carved pieces. Balustrades and roof cornices are richly decorated with high-relief figures and engravings. Although weather –and tourist–worn the temple holds strong. There is no guard or barrier. The monks are virtually invisible. The serene place is of unique design and engineering. No shoes allowed: the entry sign reads “Take off your slipper.”

 

 

Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery entry sign
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery entry sign...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery monks' house
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery monks' house...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery monks' house
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery monks' house...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery temple spire;  one
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery temple spire; ...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery entry steps
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery entry steps...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery interior shrine
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery interior shrin...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail--teak
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail--teak
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail--teak
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail--teak
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail--teak
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery carving detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery full view;  the
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery full view; th...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery--all teak wood
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery--all teak wood...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung temple(1895)
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung temple(1895)...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery detail
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery detail
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery detail...
Shwe In Bin Kyaung Temple and Monastery (local name?)
Shwe In Bin Kyaung Temple and Monastery (local name?)...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery dragons  for protection
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery dragons for p...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery door detail
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery door detail...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery  beautiful long wall
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery beautiful lon...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery  full relief intricate
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery full relief i...
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery water system
Burma, Mandalay: Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery water system...
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River view from a park
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River view from a park...
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River...
Burma, Mandalay: kids playing by Ayeyarwady River
Burma, Mandalay: kids playing by Ayeyarwady River...
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage...
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage...
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage
Burma, Mandalay: Ayeyarwady River local vilage...
Burma, Mandalay: local village life
Burma, Mandalay: local village life...
Burma, Mandalay: local village life
Burma, Mandalay: local village life...
Burma, Mandalay: local village houses made of rattan with fiberglass tarps
Burma, Mandalay: local village houses made of rattan with fi...
Burma, Mandalay: local village life
Burma, Mandalay: local village life...
Burma, Mandalay: local village life
Burma, Mandalay: local village life...
Burma, Mandalay: local village ferry
Burma, Mandalay: local village ferry...
Burma, Mandalay: local village life
Burma, Mandalay: local village life...
Burma, Mandalay: local village ferries
Burma, Mandalay: local village ferries...
Burma, Mandalay: nap time is anytime
Burma, Mandalay: nap time is anytime...
Burma, Mandalay: stew for lunch
Burma, Mandalay: stew for lunch...
Burma, Mandalay: boy flying his kite
Burma, Mandalay: boy flying his kite...
Burma, Mandalay: old wondrous tree
Burma, Mandalay: old wondrous tree...
Burma, Mandalay: local road with new tractor
Burma, Mandalay: local road with new tractor...
Burma, Mandalay: local transport via motorbike
Burma, Mandalay: local transport via motorbike...
Burma, Mandalay: clock tower in Mandalay center
Burma, Mandalay: clock tower in Mandalay center...
Burma, Mandalay: luxury Sedona Mandalay Hotel
Burma, Mandalay: luxury Sedona Mandalay Hotel...
Burma, Mandalay: favorite expat/tourist restaurant, City Cafe
Burma, Mandalay: favorite expat/tourist restaurant, City Caf...
Burma, Mandalay: Robert at favorite expat/tourist restaurant, City Cafe
Burma, Mandalay: Robert at favorite expat/tourist restaurant...
Burma, Mandalay: sculpture at City Cafe
Burma, Mandalay: sculpture at City Cafe...
Burma, Mandalay: family of 5 on a bike
Burma, Mandalay: family of 5 on a bike...
Burma, Mandalay: school bus
Burma, Mandalay: school bus...
Burma, Mandalay: University entry arch (did not visit campus)
Burma, Mandalay: University entry arch (did not visit campus...
Burma, Mandalay: local transport
Burma, Mandalay: local transport...
Burma, Mandalay: local clothing store
Burma, Mandalay: local clothing store...
Burma, Mandalay: boat to Bagan
Burma, Mandalay: boat to Bagan...