King Mindon Min ordered the construction of this imposing walled palace come fortress in 1857. The palace forms a perfect square, with a flowing moat. The outer walls face the four cardinal directions and the 12 gates thereon are named after the signs of the Zodiac. Sadly it was severely damaged in 1945 during fierce fighting between the British, Indian and Japanese forces. Formerly made to teak it has been reconstructed using concrete. Views differ as to how visitors receive the renovations, personally I found the visit worthwhile as the restorations were fine, although obviously missing the romance that teak can only provide the buildings gave a sense of scale from a kingdom that aspired to construct massive symbolic buildings.