Amarapura is a former capital of Myanmar, and now a township of Mandalay. Amarapura is bounded by the Ayeyarwaddy river in the west,Chanmyathazi township in the north, and the ancient capital site of Innwa in the south. It was the capital of Myanmar twice during the Konbaung period (1783–1821 and 1842–1859) before finally being supplanted by Mandalay 11 km north in 1859. It is historically referred to as Taungmyo (Southern City) in relation to Mandalay. Today Amarapura is part of Mandalay city. The township is known because of its traditional silk and cotton weaving, and bronze casting. It is a popular tourist day-trip destination from Mandalay.
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U Bein Bridge
The U Bein Bridge is a 1.2 km wooden footbridge (longest teak bridge in the world) and is built by the Mayor U Bein, salvaging the unwanted teak columns from the old palace during the move to Mandalay. The bridge still serves as the most important communication link for the people of his villages. The view of sunset from and around the bridge is perhaps the most beautiful scene around Mandalay. People can sit on the river bank of Taungthaman Lake and fishes freshly catch from the lake. Then, can take a boat ride along Taungthaman Lake. Walk along the bridge until the end, and meet the local villagers coming back from work to their villages on the other side of the Lake.
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