Photo: Taungthaman Lake, Amarapura.


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The once-bustling city of Amarapura is the youngest among the ancient capital cities surrounding Mandalay and is home to iconic sights such as the tombs of King Bodawpaya, Shwezaga Pagoda and the world's longest teak bridge: U Bein.

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Built by King Bodawpaya in 1783, the royal family resided at Amarapura for a mere 70 years before King Mindon dismantled the teak palace in 1859 and transferred it to its final resting place in Mandalay. Despite a short life, the city is home to numerous sights such as Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Maha Gandhayon Kyaung monastery as well as the world's longest teak bridge, the iconic U Bein. The rickety one-kilometre footbridge built from discarded teak columns of the dismantled palace, is still used as the local commuter super-walkway. The bridge connects two southern points of Taungthaman Lake, with the various other sights scattered around the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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