A Royal Touch of Amarapura
A Royal Touch of Amarapura
From the charming U-Bein Bridge to Buddhist temples and monasteries, the former royal grounds
of Amarapura fuels spiritual wanderlust. Crafted as one of the Royal Capitals, an almost
enigmatic half-day with a flood of euphoria is lined up when in Mandalay
WHY THIS TOUR?
There are plenty of reasons enough to visit the City of Immortality – Amarapura. Situated around 15 kilometres south of Mandalay, the locals sometimes refer to it as Taungmoy (translated as “Southern City”).
During this half-day exploration, we will head out to the most visible sights of the 18th century that made Amarapura the capital, before it got relocated to Mandalay. Little of the rich past has stood its ground yet more than enough to indulge in the cultural and spiritual side of Myanmar.
08:00 - 12:00
We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay and transfer in the direction of Amarapura, approximately 15 kilometres south of Mandalay. Amarapura was Myanmar’s penultimate Royal Capital and is the first stop today before moving on to our next destination. Our tour starts at the Mahagadayon Monastery, is one of the leading monasteries in Amarapura where more than a thousand monks live and study. The home of hundreds of followers of the Buddhist teachings is a must-visit place for anyone interested in taking a peek into the daily lives of these purveyors of the Buddhist scriptures.
Continue afterwards to the iconic U Bein teak bridge built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. Spanning the Taungthaman Lake, this 1.2-kilometre long bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world without the use of metal nails. It is often busy with locals commuting, which make for an attractive photo opportunity. Erected in 1782, the teak wooden U Bein Bridge is the most famous landmark in all of Amarapura. Taking a centre spot in Amarapura is the serene Taungthaman Lake. Home of the famous U Bein Bridge, the lake is primarily used by local fishermen in search of fish. For many, it is one of the most scenic spots in this town. The timeless charm of the U-Bein bridge makes way for one of Amarapura’s most renowned landmarks. No words are there to describe the immaculately crafted Bagaya Monastery, situated just south-west of the Amarapura Palace. Dating back to the second quarter of the 18th century, its vast collection of Buddha statues is certainly noteworthy to enrich your Amarapura experience.
As the region is well-known for its handicraft industry, particularly for silk and cotton weaving and bronze casting, optional stops (time permitting) can be organized to witness the skills of these artisans on the way back. This tour ends with a comfortable drive back to Mandalay.