U Bein Bridge is located at Amarapura Township in Mandalay Region and crossing on the Taungthaman lake which is the most beautiful one in Myanmar.
Originally, it was built by Mayor U Bein during the regime of King Bagan in early 18 centuries. It was given the name of builder U Bein. It is 1.2 km or about 1 mile. It is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. It is used as an important passageway for the local residents and has also become a tourist attraction and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers.
In Amarapura, the main business is silk weaving, dying, agriculture, farming, and fishing. Silk wares are popular among the Myanmar People as well as foreign visitors. There are two famous silk ware production and selling shops- Shwesintine and Theinnyo. The bridge was built with rest woods from the former royal palace in Inwa. It is comprised of 1086 teak posts, some of which have been replaced with new and concrete. The construction was started in 1849 and finished in 1851. Myanmar construction engineers used traditional methods of scaling and measuring to build the bridge. Nowadays, this bridge is fascinating a lot of travellers from the country to foreign countries. It is especially well-known for watching the beautiful sunset on the bridge. Besides, it is one of the best spots for photography and taking a local boat in the lake. The lake has a gathering of rare species of migratory birds in the winter and in other seasons, water and resident birds can be seen a lot. One of the best bird-watching sites in Mandalay and walking on the bridge make travellers happy and enjoyable. Cordially invite you all to watch the beautiful sunset while walking on the bridge.