U Bein Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and can be found linking Amarapura to Mandalay across Taungthaman Lake. Built between 1849 and 1851, it still stands steady to this day, stretching for no less than 1.2 kilometres.

Its history is fascinating, as the bridge was constructed using wood from the teak palace at Amarapura, which was dismantled when the capital was moved to Mandalay in 1857. The man who oversaw this operation was the local mayor U Bein and the bridge was therefore named after him.

Every day, the bridge is used by locals and monks in their traditional saffron robes to cross the lake and fishermen continue to fish within its shadows. This makes for some beautiful photo opportunities, although the most spectacular of these are provided when then sun goes down and the structure becomes a striking silhouette.

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