The old city Amarapura now stands in ruins. Although there are little remains of the old Amarapura palace, you can still find two masonry buildings - the treasury building and the old watchtower. King Bagyidaw and King Bodawpaya were both buried here and their tombs also remain. The corner pagodas still stand at the four corners of the once square city.
Taungthaman Lake is located in Amarapura near Mandalay. The famous U Bein Bridge spans across this lake. This is one of the best places in Amarapura. You can see most of the fishermen prefer wading waist-deep in the muddy water in search of fish. You can also take a boat ride along Taungthaman Lake and watch the tranquility and serenity of this beautiful lake. Especially, sunset time is the most beautiful scene.
Mahar Gandaryone Monastery is situated in Amarapura near the famous U Bein Bridge. Mahar Ganadayon religious institute is one of the largest teaching monasteries in Myanmar. The monastery has more than 3,000 monks in different ages including some very young novices. The monastery was founded around 1914 and came to be known as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. The main purpose to visit here is to watch the monks lined up along the road at 11:00am and have their main daily meal. The place is always crowded with tourists and local visitors.
Weaving industry is one of the main professions of the Amarapura people. Over one hundred looms are used to obtain beautiful and intricate design and patterns as silk are worn in very special and ceremonial occasions. As being a famous and interesting cottage industry, this is another place for visitors to have a look.
King Bagan of the Konbaung Dynasty built the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda in 1847. It is located near the Taungthaman Lake. It is also known as Maha Sakka Ramsi Pagoda. It is said to have been modelled on the Ananda temple at Bagan. The exterior is quite similar to the Ananda Temple but the interior is very different. It enshrines an Buddha Image carved out of a single block of sagyin marble. This seated Buddha image measures 3.5 m at the base with a height of 5.5 m. The walls in the east and south porches has many very fine mural paintings showing religious buildings from throughout the country as well as scenes of the Myanmar people everyday life.
It is located on the west of the railways compound and between wards Zay Cho and Hman Dan, there is a temple called Shwe Gu Gyi (Golden Big Cave). One contemporary inscritpiton found at the cave temple mentioned that the ruin left by King Narapati Sithu (AD 1174) was repaired by the crown Prince (Sirimahadhammabhidhaja Sihasura).
U Bein Bridge is situated in the ancient city of Amarapura, Mandalay Region, which is about 1.2km in length of wooden bridge. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. This bridge became to be known as U Bein Bridge after the name of the donor, U Bein who was a clerk to the Mayor of Amarapura.
It was decorated with over 28,000 carved wooden figures. The museum which lies inside the monastery compound houses the most interesting collection of over 500 Buddha images as well as a library of palm leaf manuscripts known to be one of the largest and the rarest catalogues in Myanmar.
Pahtodawgyi Pagoda is located at the southern part of Amarapura. This pagoda is built by King Bagyidaw and his Queen in 1820 and completely finished after four years. The official title of the pagoda is Maha Vijayaramsi. This well preserved pagoda stood outside the old city walls.