U Bein Bridge : Our Historical Place

U Bein Bridge : Our Historical Place

U Bein Bridge

The bridge that was built in Taungthaman Lake is one of the famous places in Myanmar. It was situated in Amarapura, Mandalay- the central region of Myanmar. It is quiet easy to get to this bridge by motorcycle or auto rickshaw also called Tuk Tuk that cost around 5000 MMK, about $3. This is for the solo travelers- if it is hard to get to the place, they can ask for the local people who are really friendly and helpful with no hesitation.

History

The name of this bridge came from the mayor called U Bein who built it. It is approximately 1.2 km long and built around 1850 when the Capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura. Not like with other bridges in Myanmar, all parts of bridge was made by teak so it has been not only very convenient for local people but also for tourists who love to explore around Myanmar. Another interesting point is that the ancient Myanmar engineers made scale it by counting the footsteps (Historic books about U Bein Bridge)

Best time to visit U Bein Bridge

The best time to visit U Bein Bridge is summer and winter as the water level rises during the rainy season. If you want to see the views of monks commute along the bridge, it will be better to go in the morning, plus you can also see the breathtaking of view of U Bein Bridge at the sunrise. Some people still choose to go at sunset too, however, the roads are so busy due to the traffic jam.



Famous food and drink in U Bein Bridge

As it is the tourist attraction spot and also the best place for relaxation for students and also local people too. There is no wonder why there are many shops where you can try very delicious local cuisine. Highly recommend to try Burmese Tempura also called “A Kyaw Sone” once you visited U Bein Bridge. Also don’t forget to try coconut juice that is so sweet while chilling or waiting for the sunset.

Local Souvenirs

Visitors are also highly recommended to wander around the bridge where there are many local artists who are painting magnificent view of Myanmar. Moreover, there are also many local handcrafts  such as keychain or hairpin. In addition to this, visitors can also purchase one of the Burmese ancient attire called “Cheik Longyi” in most of the shops in Amarapura township.

Activities for visitors

U Bein Bridge has been used as a commuter by local people to go and back. People also enjoy doing different kinds of sports like jogging, walking or running in this area too. Both local travelers and tourists really love to take a photo with the amazing view from the bridge. Moreover, taking a boat tour is also popular activity in this area too.

Special advice for the visitors

If you are willing to visit U Bein Bridge, please kindly follow the rules and regulations set by the local people. As it is a lake and also can give as a shelter for many aquatic species, you have to be aware with your litter. Please kindly drop your litter in the bin.



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1,366 thoughts on “U Bein Bridge : Our Historical Place

  1. Whenever I read books about Mandalay, U Bein Bridge is always included.
    I always want to go and feel scenery as local person is my dream since I am living in other city.

  2. The scenes in the photos are very beautiful. Whenever I arrive at U Bain Bridge, I always buy cheik longyi as the prices are cheaper than other areas.

  3. My favourite place in Mandalay.I love everything there what I see, feel and touch.If I can be, I really. want to be there every moment of me.

  4. Thank you for your post which attract visitors to Myanmar. Please post more posts about Myanmar’s valuable and beautiful places for tourists to our country.

  5. just wow!!! for all photos taken. The bridge is so amazing….At first, thought why they use so many teak trees as pillar instead. I think it was wasted. After that I understand those teak trees pillar made the bridge more popular among than others. And attractive to visitors both local and foreign. (but need proper maintenance yearly, need notice board and mentioned “do not write any love letter on the pillar, you may fall down. “DANGER” “WARNING” hahaha….)
    when i went there very first time with my friend, she was very angry with me….Why she angry with me even i bring her such a popular bridge?? I promised her to reach there sunset, but when we reach, it is very dark.. 🙂 she can’t take beautiful picture and can’t chill at local stall alongside of lake.. She do not speak to me even we return back to hotel…(I am best travel planner…when i recall this memory back it make me smile.)

  6. Such a beautiful place in Myanmar. I do love Mandalay… unfortunately, I haven’t been there, U Bein & around Mandalay. I hope I will visit there soon. Thanks admin for your wonderful photos of U Bein.

  7. U-Being-Tada is one of must-visit sites in Myanmar for travelling lovers. 100% recommended place for Burmese Tampura foodies like me. Right, sunrise and sunset views are breathtaking as much as you can lose conscious of your past and future. Thz for sharing. It makes me nostalgic.

  8. I have been to U Bein Bridge with my family and friends. One day, if I have a boyfriend, I want to walk with him to the end of the bridge. Hee hee

  9. I have never been to U Bein Bridge. If I visit to Mandalay next time, I’ll also visit to that bridge.

  10. To fulfill my bucket-list, I make friends who are from Mandalay to guide me the whole city thoroughly.

  11. What a nice article with amazingly beautiful photos… I missed those days that we can freely go around and fee the true beauty of lovely nature… Thanks for sharing…

  12. I arrived this U Bein bridge last four year ago. I didn’t walk it’s end. Next time , I hope to walk the end of bridge and see the sun set. Thanks for your information.

  13. Both local travelers and tourists really love to take a photo with the amazing view from the bridge. Amazing sunset view is there.

  14. Aww. I am feeling nostalgic after reading the article. I once went there with my friends when visiting Mandalay. It was a little bit frightening to walk on the wooden bridge but we had fun enjoying the scenery. I wish I can go there again.

    1. Thank you for your sharing which attract visitors to Myanmar. Please post more posts about Myanmar’s valuable and beautiful places for tourists to our country.

    1. The Ava Kingdom was the dominant kingdom that ruled upper Burma from 1364 to 1555. Founded in 1365, the kingdom was the successor state to the petty kingdoms of Myinsaing, Pinya and Sagaing that had ruled central Burma since the collapse of the Pagan Empire in the late 13th century.

  15. U Bring bridge is one of places that I wanna go with my future boyfriend . But I still single yet.

  16. OMG! I really can’t stand this site. All of them make me nostalgic in this exhausting times, full of pain in our hearts. I want to travel so bad but can’t yeah. Thank you so much for bringing out these useful knowledge.

  17. There was a rumor which said that the two lovers walking on the bridge from one end of the side to another by holding hands are said to have the happy ending love life.

  18. Your post make me dream about that place.I will go to that place when things get better in our country.

  19. One day I hope I can visit this bridge with my girlfriend.
    P.S : I don’t have girlfriend yet :(.

  20. I miss the time when me and my BFF acrossed U Bein Bridge at 1:00 PM in summer. After we got back home, we had the felling of sunbathing.

  21. U Bein Bridge is a popular place for local & foreign tourists. We need to maintain the environment around the bridge.

  22. Want to visit there again
    Enjoying breathtaking sunset scene from U Bein Bridge can give nostalgic feeling to visitors

  23. I walked along over the bridge one time before. I noticed some weak points. U Bein is considered as a kinda raraly bridge , it was really amazing to see actual. But Goverment should help to develop and maintain properly those area . Better create more activities to persuade tourists, manage the food selling shops to meet higyene standard at least basically. Some are dirty in cooking area that can see easily once enter into the shop.
    Just my thoughts

  24. I really love to go it! I’ve never been there! But always imaging if i were there, i will sit at the edge of the bridge, staring the lake and enjoying the beauty of lake, touching of the teak, our precious inheritage!!
    After this crisis, I will surely go there!!!

  25. I used to enjoy walking on U Bein Bridge from end to end and enjoying scenic views of nature & people.I wish that I could visit there again & ride a boat in lake which I never did.

  26. I had been there twice .The scenery is wonderful and the fried gourd is the food must to try.I love this place very much.

  27. There is a saying that any couples who walk on this bridge to the end always find difficulty in their relationships. (Just a Saying)

    1. I had arrived this bridge about three times.
      Next days, I try to get there because l love this bridge.

  28. I missed Mandalay. U pein bridge is connected to Amarapura and Yadanarbon University at the other side. So romantic to walk with your beloved one.

  29. I have been there once. Not dare to cross the bridge due to my own problem (timid) 😁 after visit a lot of places in mandalay, I thought of locating there. But I heard the house are very expensive if near to city area. I will visit again for sure ☺️

  30. U bein bridge is a must visit place while you’re in Mandalay. The sunrising and sunset views from U bein bridge are breathtaking. It is worth to visit there.

  31. Spending the whole evening with my girlfriend on this bridge is one of my dreams. I love this place. 🤩

  32. Great travel article of a beautiful famous place of Myanmar. The travel articles of your website might be beneficial for travel-fools.