Year of 2017

Karaweik Palace on Kandawgyi Lake in Myanmar

On the shore of Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon, Myanmar (aka Burma), stands the gilded palace called Karaweik. A concrete replica of a traditional royal floating palace, Karaweik was built in 1972. Today there’s a restaurant and performance space inside, where visitors are welcomed with traditional folk music and dance. Kandawgyi Lake itself is man-made, a relic of the British colonial occupation of Burma during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Karaweik or Karaweik Hall is a palace on the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Burma. The barge was designed by Burmese architect U Ngwe Hlaing, who based it on the Pyigyimon royal barge. Construction began in June 1972 and it was finished in October 1974. The barge is a two-storied construction of concerete and stucco, reinforced by iron rods, with a pyatthat-topped roof, and two reception halls and a conference room. It houses a buffet restaurant today.