Attraction Amarapura, Township of Mandalay, Amarapura, Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why U Pein Bridge is special ?
Leaving the splendid and massive Buddhist architecture in Mandalay, visitors should not miss U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge) - romantic scenery on Taugthaman Lake.
The bridge is named after its builder U Bain who was the lord of the villages on the other side of Taungthaman Lake in over 200 years ago. Local people said that he wanted to hold a coup, so he built this teak bridge for his villagers to go to the Capital Amarapura more quickly. The three-quarter mile long teak bridge connecting two banks of Taugthaman Lake now is still important traffic route of the local people.
The bridge looks pretty rudimentary with 15 feet high and no handrail, totally assembledbymore than 1,000 wooden posts which were taken from the deserted palace at ancient Mandalay. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. Experiencing natural hazards through over two centuries, the bridge is still solid as the vitality of people in here. It can be said Taungthaman Lake along with U Pein Bridge is one of the most romantic and interesting tourist attractions in Mandalay. Visitors can stand on the bridge, watching marvelous sunset and take some nice pictures or even hire a small boat to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Taungthaman Lake. On the shores of Lake, there are many small stalls where you cansipbeerandfood like fried shrimps and fishes. Cool breeze in the afternoon will make visitors feel fresher and more peaceful.
Arriving to U Bain Bridge, you will enjoy in beautiful nature and see the working lives of people in here. This is a great place to relax and temporarily forget the pressures of life.
- Enjoy the sunrise here
- Largest teca bridge in world you can walk across
- A nice walk along a very long bridge
- Beautiful sunset sight
- Best Time To Enjoy in Breaking Dawn
Amarapura, Township of Mandalay, Amarapura, Myanmar
Tips for you
I have been to this bridge, the world's oldest and longest teakwood bridge, twice: once for sunset in 2011 and more recently for sunrise in 2015. My advice is to go there at pre-dawn to witness daily lives of the peoples for whom this bridge is built in the first place (monks, fishermen, etc.) without being disturbed by selfie tourists who mostly arrive in the evening. But if you don’t mind squeezing elbows with others and prefer to take the boat, coming in the evening is a good idea as we didn’t see any boatmen at 5.30 am. The bridge is at its most picturesque at the end of the monsoon season (October to November). In July 2015 the lake dried up so much that its concrete pillars (and garbarge as well) became clearly visible and the above-water section was limited to 400 metres. At the eastern end of the bridge is a dusty village that hides an unknown treasure: Kyauktawgyi Paya. The frescoes at the four approaches to this big pagoda (from the bridge keep walking on the main road until you see it to your left) are painted in central Thai-influenced style by Siamese captives, hundreds of thousands of whom were brought here from Ayutthaya, the Thai capital completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767.
The world's longest teak footbridge is a must see in Myanmar. The great time for visit is just after sun-rise or before sun-set. You can take a boat to admire its beauty, 2,000 Kyats for each person.