Leaving the splendid and massive Buddhist architecture in Mandalay, visitors should not miss U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge) - romantic scenery on Taugthaman Lake.
The bridge is named after its builder U Bain who was the lord of the villages on the other side of Taungthaman Lake in over 200 years ago. Local people said that he wanted to hold a coup, so he built this teak bridge for his villagers to go to the Capital Amarapura more quickly. The three-quarter mile long teak bridge connecting two banks of Taugthaman Lake now is still important traffic route of the local people.
The bridge looks pretty rudimentary with 15 feet high and no handrail, totally assembledbymore than 1,000 wooden posts which were taken from the deserted palace at ancient Mandalay. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. Experiencing natural hazards through over two centuries, the bridge is still solid as the vitality of people in here. It can be said Taungthaman Lake along with U Pein Bridge is one of the most romantic and interesting tourist attractions in Mandalay. Visitors can stand on the bridge, watching marvelous sunset and take some nice pictures or even hire a small boat to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Taungthaman Lake. On the shores of Lake, there are many small stalls where you cansipbeerandfood like fried shrimps and fishes. Cool breeze in the afternoon will make visitors feel fresher and more peaceful.
Arriving to U Bain Bridge, you will enjoy in beautiful nature and see the working lives of people in here. This is a great place to relax and temporarily forget the pressures of life.