Amarapura is one of the suburbs of Mandalay which lies on the left bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and also known as Taung-Myo (Southern Town) or Myo-Haung (Old City). The old capital is founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as his new capital Amarapura means City of Immortality.

U Bein Bridge

Also known as the world’s longest bridge using teak woods, this bridge was accredited to U Bein (Mr. Thin) who was said to be a clerk. He wisely utilized old teak planks from demolished Inwa Palace to connect Amarapura and a sizable village across the Thaungthaman Lake, where the water is fed from Ayarwaddy River. The bridge is 1.2km long, having 804-rooms, and used 1088 teak posts where some of those have been replaced with concrete base. The construction work started in 1848 and completed in 1851. It is best visited just before sunset to take a romantic walk on the bridge. The photo enthusiastic should take a rowing boat where the bridge reflected in the water with different light conditions before sunset.

Mahagandaryon Monastery

One of the most disciplined monasteries in Mandalay area, Mahagandaryon monastery was established in 1914. Between 10:00 and 10:30am, hundreds of Buddhist monks queue for their last meal of the day is quite a sight. This is a place where one could glimpse into the Buddhist’s monastic life.

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