August 18, 2016

Teak poles from U Bein bridge to be showcased

Workers repair U Bein Bridge in Mandalay.
Workers repair U Bein Bridge in Mandalay.

WE have in principle agreed to build a museum near Taungthaman Lake to showcase the century-old teak poles from U Bein Bridge in Amarapura township, Mandalay Region, said an official from the Department of Archaeology and National Museum.
“The damaged poles will be showed off at the museum but those which can be repaired will be reused and preserved as part of the original structure” said U Nyo Myint Tun, the director of Department of Archaeology and  National Museum.
The Myanmar Teakwood Company proposed to build the  museum while the Taungthaman Thitsar company has offered to arrange the acquisition of a plot of land. Renovation and maintenance will be carried out to keep the original style with the help of a carpentry team from Inlay region, it has been learned.
“We are preparing to do it in the traditional way, calling Inn Thar and giving them over 600 poles” said the leader of the carpenters Ko Sai Naung Tun.
U Bein bridge has stood for over 160 years and is now in need of replacement with new poles as the current ones have been worn away and damaged by natural erosion, wild weather and insects.


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