Travellers flock to Taungthaman Lake, U Bein bridge during water festival

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People stroll on U Bein Bridge over Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko

Local and foreign travellers are visiting Taungthaman Lake and U Bein bridge, located in Amarapura township, Mandalay District, during the water festival.
Most foreign travellers are from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Britain, Spain, Italy, the United States, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
Local and foreign travellers have been capturing videos and photographs of the ancient wooden bridge and watching the sunset view of Taungthaman Lake by hiring a boat for Ks10,000. U Bein bridge was crowded with groups and families. Some of the travellers visited U Bein bridge through arrangements with travel and tour agencies based in Yangon. The travellers also bought souvenirs from U Bein bridge. Moreover, they are visiting restaurants along Taungthaman Lake.
U Bein bridge was constructed by Mayor U Bein and its construction started in 1211 ME and finished in 1213 ME. The bridge was built of wood, and features 1,086 pillars and includes four resting points.
It is 1.2 kilometres long. Some of the pillars and floors were damaged by water. Maintenance works are being carried out under the management of the Mandalay Region government, in cooperation with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and the Department of Archaeology.


Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

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