It seems that the Burmese were used to changing capitals. Thus, Amarapura was the capital of Burma twice in its history before being definitively deprived of this title in 1841 when the penultimate king of Burma, King Mindon founded Mandalay and decided to make it his new one. capital city.

Not only did the Mindon make Mandalay his capital, but he also decided to move many of the palaces, monasteries and official buildings to Mandalay. The palaces were made of teak wood, which facilitated their dismantling and reconstruction in their new destination.

the U-Bein bridge

When the main buildings were dismantled and taken to Mandalay, a large quantity of pillars and teak planks remained and piled up in Amarapura.

Amarapura is located near Taungthaman Lake and many of the town's residents had to cross this lake regularly. So the mayor of Amarapura decided to use them for the construction of a teak bridge that would span the river, thus greatly facilitating the passage of the inhabitants.

The construction of the U Bein bridge

The construction of the bridge lasted 2 years, from 1849 to 1851. The bridge is posed on 1089 posts recovered from the buildings of the old capital. To counteract the force of water and wind, engineers gave this 1,200-meter-long bridge a rounded shape.

As Taungthaman Lake is also open to navigation, the engineers have imagined creating 9 passages in the bridge, where the floor can be raised to allow boats to pass.

The U Bein Bridge is considered to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world, and it has meanwhile become the oldest as well.

The U Bein bridge nowadays

And it's starting to show some signs of weakness and wear. A number of its wooden pillars have been replaced with concrete and there are more and more pillars in poor condition.

One of the reasons for the rotting of the posts supporting the bridge is to be found, among other things, in a fish farming program that caused the water to stagnate, favoring the rotting of the wood. However, there are plans for the restoration of this bridge which has become an emblem of Myanmar and an important tourist spot.

about the place, Mandalay:

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is Myanmar's second city after Yangon (Rangoon). Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay became the capital of the Konbaung dynasty in place of Amarapura.

It was also the last royal capital of Burma before annexation by the British in 1885. However, it remained a leading commercial and cultural center during the British era.

The city was devastated during the conquest of Burma by Japan in World War II and it became part of the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948.

 

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