U Bein Bridge, Amarapura
Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Gently curving across Taung Tha Man Lake, U Bein Bridge stretches 1.2 km (0.75 mi)--making it among the largest wooden bridges in the world. Erected on close to 1,100 pillars in the mid 19th century, the strong timber structure was built using teak from a dismantled teak palace. The footbridge provides an important passageway during flood season, but locals and monks use the bridge as everyday traffic. Chat in few resting areas, or watch fishers drawing their nets. Reflected upon the still surface of the lake, the bridge makes a popular photo opportunity. You can cross it by bicycle when it is not busy. U Bein Bridge is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Amarapura Edition.
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Took a trip down to the U Bein Bridge on the back of a motorcycle taxi. Sunset was at 1800 hrs so I negotiated with the driver and we headed off at 4pm. Deal was he'd take me to the bridge, wait till ... read more »
Een heel bijzonder landschap met erdoorheen een brug. Het leuke is dat de bevolking hem ook echt nog veel gebruikt. Met zonsondergang wel erg druk met toeristen en bootjes zijn op de bonnefooi moeilij... read more »Through a very special landscape with a bridge. The nice thing is that the people it still used a lot. With sunset very crowded with tourists and boats are on spec hard to getshow original
Purtroppo l'abbiamo visitato in un pomeriggio nuvoloso e non siamo riusciti a vedere il famoso tramonto; tuttavia anche con le nuvole si apprezza il profilo della struttura. Un posto molto frequentato... read more »Unfortunately we visited on a cloudy afternoon and we didn't get to see the famous sunset; However even with the clouds will appreciate the profile of the structure. A place much frequented by tourists Burmese; It will be difficult not to be photographed by them.show original
Mya Min DIN
This is one busy popular attraction just south of Mandalay, located in Amarapura ancient capital of late 18th century. The world longest teak footbridge is built on a immense Taungthaman Lake, spanning the Amarapura Royal city in the northwestern shore with a sizeable village in the eastern shore. Built in 1849, with a total length closed to 4000ft., the footbridge is named after U Pain, who took the responsibilities of this massive building project. Most people come to visit in the late afternoon, usually before sunset. There are locals and tourists packed on the bridge, especially on the first quarter of the bridge. A few people make out to the other end of the bridge where there are a few teahouses severing Burmese sweet tea, 3 in 1 coffee and cold drinks and fried fritters. There is an interesting temple with wall paintings in the village. For those who don't want to brush through crowds and being pushed towards the edge of the bridge that doesn't necessarily have handrails, the best time to experience the bridge is at sunrise. It is much easier to learn about locals commuting on the bridge, fishermen in the lake, and enjoy the serene scenes in the morning around sunrise. There is a rowboat stand where one can take a boat ride to experience the bridge from different perspectives and close encounter with the fishermen and the ducks farmers. Although you can rent a boat anytime of the day, the best time for the boat ride is just before sunset but be warned that the boats usually rent out early by the packaged tour groups.
The bridge may be a spot for Facebook check-in as a popular tourist attraction, but it doesn't worth all the effort to pay a visit, particularly when you consider its location rather far away from the city center. Surely it enjoys fame as the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world, but the workmanship of the structure is hardly anything wonderful. In summer time the surrounding lake gives off unpleasant smell. (Oct 2015)
Aung kyaw Phyo
The best place in Mandalay to walk and enjoy fresh air though it can be crowded. The bridge, boats and birds.. a good place to take photos. The lake used to be the part of Ayeyawady river and the town Amarapura was the second last capital of Burmese kings before they moved to Mandalay to see their sunset.
This is one of those places people go to because it's just one of those places people go to. The bridge itself although impressive in construction and age is nothing special. Make sure you arrive early- we arrived at 4pm for a 5:30pn sunset and there weren't many around. By the time we left 6:00pm the bridge was rammed as big tour busses arrive carrying loads of people.
I suggest to start to walk on the bridge at 5.30 am from the est side of the lake.Stop on one of the benches and watch the local daily life begin and the amazing sunrise.Enjoy!
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