Amarapura Things to Do

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    U BEIN BRIDGE

    by Avieira67 Updated Dec 1, 2013
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    This teak structure bridge, about 1.2 km long across the Taungthaman Lake, was built when the capital of Innwa Kingdom was located in Amarapura. There are over a thousand of teak piles that support the walkway.
    The first time I arrived at this bridge it was too late for sunset. I had rented a motorbike with driver and we were visiting during the whole day Sagaing, Amarapura and Inwa. Before visiting Inwa, we had to stop for a long period of time because of the rain.
    The following day, I rented again a motorbike with driver but only to visit this bridge. We arrived on time for sunset, but the sky was cloudy.
    A friend I met in Yangon, sent me the amazing picture without date on it.

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    HIRE A CAR AND DRIVER VISIT AMARAPURA

    by DennyP Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    CROSSING THE MIGHTY IRRAWADDY RIVER
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    AMARAPURA:
    I had heard so much about AMARAPURA with its many sights ..I decided to hire a small car and driver for the day and a little bartering provided a good price which was only a few dollars each for the three of us for the day..He then waited when we crossed the river and travelled by horse and cart..
    The car and driver were organised by the ET Hotel Proprietors..ask your Hotel Receptionist they usually have all the local info that you will need..

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    VISIT THE U-BEINS "TEAK" BRIDGE

    by DennyP Written Sep 13, 2011
    THE  LONG U-BEIN TEAKWOOD BRIDGE AT AMAPURA
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    THE TEAKWOOD BRIDGE AT AMAPURA
    I only found this bridge by accident when talking to a German traveller at the monks breakfast gathering in the town that morning. The U-Beins Bridge I do not know of the names origin but it is a strange one. This apparently is the longest "teak" bridge in the world, containing over a thousand teakwood piles supporting the walkway and supposedly, all this teakwood was removed from ancient Temples. and I can believe it being the longest as it surely is a long walk to the other end and back .Upon reaching the other end of the bridge there is a little village called Taungthaman . also at the end of the bridge and by the river's edge is located a "cool"straw roofed cafe where we sat in the welcomed shade and enjoyed a few cold beers to compensate for some of the heat of the day. Myanmar is an exceptionally hot place This also a nice place to be when the sunsets across the river and is quite a nice scene to be enjoyed..

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    Reclining Buddha near U-Beign Bridge.

    by vuzu Written Dec 15, 2006
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    There's a temple which is located near U-Beign Bridge. There's an open air reclining buddha and very nice enviroment. It's along the way to U-Beign bridge and worth a visit.

    And you can take some of the bridge from the temple.

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    Photography in U-Beign Bridge

    by vuzu Written Dec 15, 2006
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    Guys, if you're into photography just like me. You probably feel the stress when yuo see U-Beign Brigde full with tourists. Just be a little patient and wait till they leave the area. Most travel group won't spend long time in U-Beign bridge, just wait a bit longer and you will have your very own masterpiece then.

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    Maha Ganayon Kyaung.

    by planxty Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    Buddha image, Maha Ganayon Kyaung, Amarapura.
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    My guide took me to see this tmeple which is close by the U Bein bridge and lakeside restaurants (see seperate tips).

    This complex is primarily a place of religious study, and it was founded in 1914, although the actual temple temple is much more modern than that. It is dominated by a huge, and I mean huge, Buddha image. The main photo with the man standing in front of the image gives some idea of just how big it is.

    To be honest, I didn't think the temple was that special although the guide seemed very proud of it. As with all of Amarapura, you are supposed to have the $10 Mandalay "combo" ticket, but I wasn't asked for it.

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    U Bein bridge.

    by planxty Written Sep 30, 2006

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    U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar.
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    Obviously, the highlight of any travellers trip to Amarapura will be a visit to the famous U Bein bridge, a magnificent teakwood structure which spans Taungthaman Lake for a distance of about three-quarters of a mile.

    Built in 1849, it comprises 1060 teak posts, most of which are original, and it is certainly an impressive structure. Although historical, it is still in daily use by the local villagers who cross back and forth all day. there are several ideas as to where the name originates, the most popular being that U Bein was the name of a mayor of amarapura in the mid 19th century.

    There are a few shaded areas along the length, which are very welcome in the heat of mid afternoon.

    Theoretically, you are meant to have the Mandalay $10 "combo" ticket (see tips on Madalay for details) to visit Amarapura at all, but I wasn't asked for one anywhere.

    The photos show a few of the things you can expect to see from the bridge.

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    Myanmars longest wooden bridge

    by WStat Written Aug 24, 2006

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    U Bein Bridge

    Amarapura the "City of Immortals" was the capital of upper Burma until
    1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and
    monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in
    Mandalay. Apart from Pagodas that have survived, the ancient art of silk
    and cotton weaving, using handlooms, is very much alive.Visit U Bein
    wooden bridge, over 150 years old and 300m long, which is still in use.
    On the bridge you will find many hawkers, trying to sell you caught birds with the promise, to let them free for a payment of a few USD.
    Better do not pay them, as to avoid further catching (and killing) of those animals

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    U Bein Bridge

    by Hewer Written Apr 27, 2005

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    U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

    The U Bein Bridge is THE sight in Amarapura. There are plenty of other interesting things to see but the bridge is certainly the main drawcard.

    If you get there by taxi, you can walk across and back - just make sure you give yourself plenty of time. There are some memorable views of the countryside and some neat things to see and do at the village and pagoda on the other side.

    The bridge is 1.2km long and was made with 984 teak pillars. It is the longest teak bridge in the world.

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    Mahaganayon Teaching Monastery

    by Hewer Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Mahaganayon Teaching Monastery, Amarapura, Myanmar

    This is situated next to U Bein bridge. Many of the young monks in Amarapura study here and there is a large image of the Buddha inside. With all the excitement of the bridge, noone seems to go in here, so you'll more than likely have it to yourself. If anything else, it's a good meeting place if you are doing the walk and traveling in a group. It can get quite chaotic with all the taxis, vendors and rickshaws by the end of the bridge ;-)

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    Canoe at Taungthaman Lake

    by Hewer Written Apr 23, 2005

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    Amarapura, outskirts of Mandalay

    Taungthaman Lake at Amarapura is straddled by the famous U Bein Bridge. The bridge itself is usually the main attraction to draw visitors to the area but if you don't want to walk the 1.2km to the other side of the bridge, you can get a canoe ride for $2.

    The journey takes about 30 minutes.

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    Monks Eat at Bagaya Kyuang

    by Waxbag Written Jan 1, 2005
    Monks on route to Lunch

    Bagaya Kyuang, is the largest monastery in Burma. It is huge 19th century, wooden monastery with a large population of monks. You can see the monks at lunch eating out of their bowls if you are lucky.

    You can see different groups of monks eating according to seniority. You can see groups of red, pink, and white robed monks, red being worn by the oldest and most senior and white worn by the children.

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    "City of Immortality" Amarapura

    by Waxbag Updated Dec 7, 2003
    View off of U Bein's Bridge

    Although the original grandeur of Amarapura is gone as it was used as a wood and stone quarry to build modern Mandalay, there are still many fascinating sites to see here. Life of the people can really be seen here whether it's a monk walking to the temple to pray, children playing during recess from the outdoor classes, an old man smoking cheroot while fishing, woman working the looms, or a man fetching water from the lake to take back to his thatched hut. There were no other tourist around and I didn't feel like one myself.

    Bagaya Kyuang, is the largest monastery in Burma. It is huge 19th century, wooden monastery with a large population of monks. You can see the monks at lunch eating out of their bowls if you are lucky.

    Near the monastery is U Bein's Bridge. This bridge crosses the Taungthaman Lake over to a small village and Kyauktawagyi Paya. The bridge is made entirely of teak and is 1.2 km long making it the longest teak span in the world. The bridge has remained for 200 years, a testament of the longevity of teak.

    The Kyauktawagyi Paya is beautiful temple among a wooded shaded area. Inside is seated Buddha and many interesting frescos. Here on this side of the lake you can find women working the mechanical looms to make clothing.

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    Big carvings

    by herzog63 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Pahtodawgyi

    On the 4 corners you can see these huge carved lions.This area around Amarapura is the first time that I ever got to witness the carving process of this big sculptures. I found it to be quite interesting!

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    U Bein's Bridge at Dusk

    by herzog63 Written Jun 10, 2003

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    U Bein's Bridge

    Walking across U Bein's Bridge late in the day and watching the sun go down is a great sight!! At that time of day/night there wasn't any wind and the sounds of the voices just traveled across the water.....

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