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Palace of Gold

3759 McCrearys Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV 26041
+1 304-843-1812
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An Interesting and Unexpected Attraction

"The Palace of Gold," nestled in the West Virginia hills is described as America's Taj Mahal. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mlorahga
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Augusta, Georgia
Majestic

The whole palace is made of gold flake, expensive marble, premium woods, pricy crystals and various... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
Klarke C
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Decatur, Indiana
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Take a step outside of the ordinary and visit the Palace of Gold, just twenty minutes from Highway 70 in WV. Originally designed as a home for the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness this unique Palace stands alone as one of the top religious wonders to see in the USA. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the community and about the love and devotion that built this majestic place. Marvel at the intricate marble work, stained glass, crystal chandeliers and of course gold! Relax by the lotus pond or take a stroll through our extensive gardens. The trip doesn't stop there, the Palace is just one part of the greater New Vrindaban community which features a vegetarian restaurant, lodging and guest cabins, gift shops, peacocks and much more. Finally take in the Radha Vrindaban Chandra Temple, a traditional Vedic temple with golden altars and a 40ft high stained glass roof. Come and spend some time with us, we are here to serve you.
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  • Poor7%
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“lotus pond” (12 reviews)
“rose garden” (26 reviews)
“hare krishna” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3759 McCrearys Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV 26041
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"stained glass"
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"gold leaf"
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"take pictures"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"The Palace of Gold," nestled in the West Virginia hills is described as America's Taj Mahal. The Palace is actually a shrine built on a mount surrounded by gold and handcrafted stained glass. Although open to all faiths, tours are barefoot as part of respecting...More

Thank mlorahga
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

The whole palace is made of gold flake, expensive marble, premium woods, pricy crystals and various other exorbitant materials. They own a lodge and a temple area on quite a bit of land, everything was run and built by volunteers- yet they asked for money...More

2  Thank Klarke C
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

We literally drove to the middle of nowhere to see the beautiful palace. It was very cold outside, but a very nice caretaker and tour guide let us right in. Unfortunately, I did not get his name. He was a great guide. Didn’t charge us...More

1  Thank razz19
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Went to Moundsville to photograph the Penitentiary, and made a day stop here to do the same. The drive up was winding and in my opinion, interesting. We did pass a few abandoned buildings which were good for photo-ops. Since we went during the late...More

Thank earladybon
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I have lived in West Virginia for a long time and was not aware of this gem in the wilderness. It is a beautiful palace but needs help in renewing it's past beauty.

Thank Heather B
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

The Palace of Gold is truly away from everything. The drive is up a mountain (not recommended in bad weather). The outside of the Palace is in need of repair but still good for pictures. The inside for the tour is small. The guide was...More

1  Thank paul d
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

The trip just to get here is something. I was certain we were lost but after a difficult trek we arrived. It was a shock. Our tour was led by a Krishna who explained the external maintenance needs. The place is like from another world....More

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The director of Independence Hall Museum in Wheeling West Virginia suggested that we visit the Palace although she herself had never gone there. We took the SR2 and US 250 south from Wheeling to Mountville. There we turned left on 250 and drove up the...More

1  Thank ruth C
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Palace of Gold and the surrounding Hare Krishna community is a unique cultural experience to be had in Appalachia. My husband and I visited the compound on a Saturday. It was busy as there was a festival taking place with many Hare Krishna people...More

1  Thank mtnsugarmagnolia
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Quite the trip to get there only to find a building in much need of repair and to wait nearly 15 minutes for a tour we wound up not going on. Why would you have a sign at the front reception saying the time for...More

Thank PamRyan
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Sue A
19 September 2016|
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Response from Simplywild | Reviewed this property |
You can park pretty close to the palace. Once at the palace you can see a lot of the gardens without much walking. When I was there it was under constructio. May want to call ahead to make sure the situation hasn't changed.
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KatSz
30 March 2016|
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Response from Krisarchish | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Pittsburgh and made trip to West Viriginia. The temple is on a beautiful hill. They have lodge and even heard the food in canteen is also good. But we didnt get chance to eat there. No wifi, no phone network... More
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deannasgarden
27 August 2015|
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Response from pearl d | Reviewed this property |
we paid 8 i guess for 20 min or so
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