Amarapura meaning "City of Immortality" is a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, situated 11 km to the south of Mandalay. The locals sometimes refer to it as Taungmyo (Southern City) to distinguish it from Mandalay (Northern City).

The famous U Being Bridge, Amarapura

King Bodawpaya (1781-1819) of the Konbaung Dynasty founded Amarapura to be his new capital in 1783, soon after he ascended the throne. In 1795, he received the first British embassy to visit Burma. Bodawpaya’s son, King Bagyidaw (1819-1837), moved the Court back to Inwa in 1823.

From 1841-1857, King Mindon Min (1853-1878) decided to make Amarapura the capital again, before relocating to his planned city of Mandalay in 1860. Today, little remains of the old city, as the palace buildings were dismantled and move by elephant to the new location, and the city walls were pulled down for use as building materials for roads and railways.

The city is known today for silk and cotton weaving, and bronze casting. It is a popular tourist day-trip from Mandalay.

Interesting Places in Amarapura

U Bein Bridge

1.2km lenght U Bein's Bridge is spanning the Taungthaman Lake. It is 200 years old.

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Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was built by King Bagan in 1847 on the model of the Ananda Temple in Bagan.

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Mahar Gandaryone Monastery

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.

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Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

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. Visitors can have a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside from the terraces above the pagoda. The lower terraces have marble slabs on which scenes from the Jataka are curved. A stone inscription laid within the temple described the details for the pagoda's history.

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

Mahar Wai Yan Bon Thar Monastery

It was decorated with over 28,000 carved wooden figures.

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Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda

It is located on the west of the railways compound and between wards Zay Cho and Hman Dan.

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Amarapura Palace Ruins

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

Taungthaman Lake is located in Amarapura near Mandalay. The famous U Bein Bridge spans across this lake.

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Silk Weaving Workshop

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.

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