The U Bein Bridge in Amarapura near Mandalay is one of the must-see places on a trip to Burma. When King Mindon decided around 1850 to move the capital of the Konbaung kingdom from Amarapura to Mandalay, with the dismantling of quite a few public and religious buildings, thousands of teak pillars piled up in Amarapura. The mayor at the time therefore decided to use them to build a teak footbridge to cross Lake Taungthaman. This teak walkway became the longest in the world with its 1,060 pillars and 1,200 meters long.

It is also one of the most iconic places in Myanmar.


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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Mandalay, Myanmar