The Story of U Bein Bridge in Mandalay Myanmar

27 Apr, 2014 | Travel Blog

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If you have ever been attracted by a gorgeous photo of a wooden bridge in sunset in Myanmar, you must have seen the famous U Bein Bridge in Mandalay. It is located in the outskirt of Mandalay city, known as the most favorite place for photography in the city. According to the old living here, U Bein is considered the most ancient and longest wooden bridge in the world.

U Bein Bridge

Crossing Tayngthman lake, U Bein Bridge in Mandalay is 1.2 km long, built-in 1800 by Mayor U Bein. The wood sticks to build this bridge had been used for an old palace in the region. This palace was abandoned under the time of the Mindon emperor. The huge wooden pillars were used up to build U Bein Bridge. The Bridge was built from 1000 big pillars and thousands of wooden pallets. In history, the bridge was made of wood completely. However, some pillars were changed by concrete pillars to strengthen the bridge. Years after years, U Bein Bridge has been busy with many passengers day by day, and become an indispensable part of the locals. Nowadays, U Bein Bridge in Mandalay is a must-see in Mandalay. The best time of the day to visit U Bein Bridge in Mandalay is sunset. At sunset every day, there are many travelers and monks who choose this bridge as a base to enjoy the spectacular sunset over the lake.

U Bein Bridge

Sunset at U Bein Bridge

Each people have seen the sunset in different colors, some catch a gorgeous orange site, and others are enchanted by the peerless red or violet. The impressive site of U Bein Bridge covered by the magical light of the sun setting over might be the most magnificent view of Myanmar. Taungthman Lake reaches the highest water level during July or August. During this time, there are a lot of visitors going to U Bein Bridge in Mandalay. Walking along the ancient bridge, enjoying the tranquility, watching the monks in silence is likely one of the most memorable experiences in the lands of golden stupas.

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