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U Bein Bridge

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Traditional style, teak U Bein Bridge, stretching over scenic Taungthaman Lake, is one of Burma's most iconic sights. Mandalay and its surrounding ancient cities have an abundance of attractions and sunset views, but if you only have time for one in Mandalay, it would have to be this.

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South of Mandalay’s modern city centre, U Bein Bridge leads the way to the former Burmese capital city of Amarapura. The ageing bridge stretches 1.2 kilometres to the other shore, making it the longest bridge of its kind in the world. Mayor U Bein is credited for the creation of the bridge in the 1850s, using scavenged teak pilings from the discarded palace of Amarapura when King Mindon moved the capital to Mandalay.

The iconic bridge in all its glory. Photo taken in or around U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Christopher Smith.

The iconic bridge in all its glory. Photo: Christopher Smith

The bridge is now on the shaky side; it will sway, perhaps uncomfortably, as other people walk along it. Many portions of the bridge have no handrails and some planks lie quite unattached to the structure, but strategic spots have been reinforced with cement to keep it safe and usable. An overall overhaul was underway when we visited in mid-2016 but thankfully new teak rather than concrete was being used to replace old ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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