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In-city highlights Amarapura Inwa Sagaing Mingun Pyin Oo Lwin

Amarapura, the city of immortality

Contrary to its purposeful name, the city of immortality, the period of Amarapura was very short comparing to the other Burmese kingdoms. The first Amarapura was founded by King Bodawpaya, the fifth king of the last Burmese dynasty called “Kaungbaung”, in 1873AD. Later, it moved back to Inwa by King his successor in 1823. Then, it became the capital in 1841 as King Tharrawaddy resettled and finally moved to Mandalay by King Mindon in 1859AD, together with all the materials that was used in the Amarapura Palace. Nowadays, some dotted pagodas that built in this period scatter around the living quarters… some whitewashed… some let deteriorated… and a part of old city wall all that escaped from construction of British built railroad. The sounds of ‘click-clekt’ from the weaving looms overwhelm the narrow streets of Amarapura and one could find out rows of silk yarns being dried on the street sides as Myanmar’s most valued silk “Acheik” ceremonially longgyies are on the process, while the fishermen yielding small fishes from the flooded farmlands and wide Thaungthaman lake could defiantly make you an interesting day out . Amarapura is 11-km south of Mandalay.

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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