Amarapura, Mandalay

  • Location: In Mandalay
  • Status: The old capital of Myanmar twice during the Konbaung period
  • Established: May 13th 1783
  • Attractions: Its traditional silk and cotton weaving, and bronze casting


Traveling in Mandalay, you should not miss the old Amarapura capital, a glory of the ancient Burma country.

In Pali language, Amarapura means “City of Immortality”, established by King Bodawpaya of the Konbaung Dynasty in May 1783. Situated on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River, it was the capital of Myanmar three times before King Mindon moved the capital to Mandalay in 1857, and now a township of Mandalay as a result of the urban sprawl. Because British-Burmese war at that time depleted the national treasury, King Mindon ordered to recycle materials from the ancient building in Amarapura for the construction of Mandalay. Therefore almost all the palaces and city walls were dismantled, now leaving only a few small remnants of a glorious old capital in the past.

Coming to Amarapura, visitors will admire the Buddhist architecture characterizing for the culture and religion of Myanmar such as Pahtodawgyi stupa, Bagaya Kyaung monastery, Chinese Temple and especially U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world linking two banks of Taungthaman Lake. Gorgeous sunset on the U-Bein Brigde will surely make you amazed by its poetic beauty.

The old capital Amarapura is waiting for you to explore and experience.

Attractions In Mandalay

Amarapura
In Pali language, Amarapura means 'City of Immortality', established by King Bodawpaya of the...
Atumashi Monastery
Constructed in 1857 by King Mindon who moved the capital to Mandalay, Atumashi Monastery is great...
Ayeyarwaddy River
With a length of approximately 1350 miles (2,170 km), the Ayeyarwady River or Irrawaddy River is...
Gold leaf beating workshop in Mandalay
Myanmar is known as a golden country and gold is found everywhere, from the quarries to the temples...
Kuthodaw Paya
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Kyauk Taw Gyi pagoda
Located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was constructed from 1853 and completed in...
Mahagandaryone Monastery
Amarapura is known with the ancient Buddhist architecture bearing the stamp of history of Myanmar....
Mahamuni Buddha Temple
Lying in the south of Mandalay, Mahamunni Pagoda is a great and most revered pilgrimage destination...
Mandalay Hill
Situated in the northeast of Mandalay downtown, this 240 metre (790 ft) hill is the famous place of...
Mandalay Palace
Located in the heart of Mandalay city, Mandalay Palace was the first royal palace in here, built by...
Myae Swon village
When arriving to Mandalay, travelers will be attracted by the beautiful scenery and idyllic working...
Shwe Kyaung Monastery (Golden Palace)
Constructed entirely of teak wood in the mid-nineteenth century by King Mindon, Shwe Nandaw Kyaung...
U pein Bridge
The bridge is named after its builder U Bain who was the lord of the villages on the other side of...
Zegyo Market
Located at the heart of Mandalay and built during the reign of King Mindon, Zegyo Market is the...

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