October 21, 2017

U Pein Bridge in Amarapura tops as major tourist destination

Visitors strolling along historic U Pein Bridge in Amarapura Township.—Tin Hla Maung
Visitors strolling along historic U Pein Bridge in Amarapura Township.—Tin Hla Maung

The historical 19th century U Pein Bridge in Amarapura Township in Mandalay Region continues to be visited daily by throngs of local and foreign visitors. The wooden bridge crosses over Taungthaman Lake from old Amarapura to Yadanabon University.
“The bridge build without any nails by ancient Myanmar architects is outstanding. Hand-rowed boats which tours around the lake can be hired for 10,000 kyat per hour accommodating 10 passengers. There are shops that sell traditionally woven cotton and silk clothes at the lake’s bank located at the top of the bridge. There are about ten snack shops, too. The view from the bridge is so pleasant that I don’t want to leave,” says a visitor from Yangon. The milestone 3,967-foot-bridge constructed in the shape of a carpenter’s square with 1,086 teak logs has four rest stops on the bridge, according to the locals.

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