Over 100,000 travellers visited U Bein Bridge daily during Dec holidays

Travellers walk on U Bein Bridge over Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay. Photo: Than Zaw Min (IPRD)
Travellers walk on U Bein Bridge over Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay. Photo: Than Zaw Min (IPRD)

OVER 100,000 travelers visited Mandalay’s U Bein Bridge during the December holidays, said U Than Myint, chairman of the Taung Mingyi pagoda board of trustees.
“This year, more than 100,000 travellers visited U Bein Bridge during the December holidays. Most of the travellers were from the lower parts of the country. On the Kayin New Year Day, a traveling team, led by the sayadaw from Mon State, visited U Bein Bridge and Taung Mingyi pagoda.
During the December holidays, U Bein bridge is crowded daily with travellers from both inside and outside the country,” he added.
The over 160 years old U Bein bridge in Mandalay’s Amarapura Township is believed to be the oldest and (once) the longest teakwood bridge in the world. The construction of the bridge was started in the 1211 Myanmar Era and completed in the 1213 Myanmar Era. U Bein Bridge was built by Mayor U Bein. The bridge spans 1,976 meters and has 1,086 pillars.—Than Zaw Min (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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