Sitting in the middle of Kandawgyi Lake and very hard to miss, Karaweik Palace is a pagoda-style hall built in 1974 and set on a pair of barges pointing out into the lake. each barge sports a large head of the mythical bird, the Karaweik, famous for its melodious songs . The design is based on ceremonial barges used in Myanmar for for special occasions such as weddings and the like.
The lavish interior features a touristy theater experience complete with a buffet of Myanmar and Asian food. (website link) Despite it’s tourist trap leanings it is a great introduction to Myanmar culture. The show is narrated in English and describes the various acts and their historical significance. The highlight of the show is a life-size elephant costume occupied by at least three unseen people inside of it. The elephant dances and “fights” a lone Burmese warrior. At a cost of roughly $60 usd this show is an easy to skip attraction for large groups.