U Bein Bridge – The longest wooden bridge in the world
Next to Mahagandayone monastery there is beautiful Taungthaman lake in Amarapura town which is half an hour drive from Mandalay. During raining season, always happen water flood of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Taung Tha Man lake cuts communication with Amarapura and surrounding villages in raining season.
Peddlers and hawkers have to take risk crossing the rough lake with their little boats. In the year 1849, U Pein who was a high ranking clerk of Amarapura, got an idea to build the bridge across the lake. By using teak post of Innwa Royal Palace, the construction began in 1849 and completed in 1851, it took only two years.
There are 1086 wooden posts and 4 wooden pavilions (rest houses for leisure) on the bridge and long 1.2km. The bridge indeed is romantic and famous as the longest wooden bridge in the world.
Dry season, water is shallow and the lake area get smaller and more fertile land cultivate peanut, corn and sunflower makes beautiful bridge in the middle of green fields. Many small teashops and food stalls along the bridge makes more popular to have a drink in social relationship around Mandalay, Sagaing and Amarapura.
During sunset time, strolling around the lake by boat is so beautiful. Walking on the bridge under golden sunshine also nice and amazing place for photographer.
Last two years lots of visitors in the evening. It is recommendable for sunrise at U Bein Bride, fewer visitors under fresh environment and silver sunshine.