“The longest wooden bridge in the world”

U Bein Bridge is a wooden bridge crossing Taungthaman Lake, situated in Amarapura town, Mandalay, Myanmar. With 1.2 kilometre (0.75 mi) in length, the bridge was built about in 1850 and is considered as the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built. It is used as an important way for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction. Near the bridge, there are many souvenir shops. It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest. 

The bridge was built from wood reclaimed from the former royal palace in Ava or Inwa. It features 1,086 pillars stretching out of the water, some of which have been replaced with concrete in fear of becoming dangerously decayed. Some have become entirely detached from their bases and only remain in place because of the lateral bars holding them together.

At the end of the bridge is located Taungthaman town. You will come across the Kyauktwagyi Paya. This is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill.

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U Bein Bridge


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