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Repair work on Mandalay’s U Bein Bridge will resume this month, officials say. The K240 million-plus renovation is being carried out by a donor, said U Nyo Myint Tun, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay).

Millions have been spent on upkeep of the iconic 165-year-old teak bridge. Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw / The Myanmar Times

The 165-year-old famous bridge, a noted tourist attraction in Amarapura township, has required tens of millions in repairs over the past few years. Last August, it was closed as floodwaters in the Taungthaman Lake which it spans made it impassable.
Last March, Myanmar Teakwood company began reparing rotting pillars and florring, paying for the renovation and providing the teak.

Though 280 pillars have already been replaced, a further 350 to 400 have to be installed to fill gaps, said U Soe Win chair of Taungthaman Boat Association, last month.
Tradition has it that the eight-mile long bridge was built by the then-mayor of Mandalay, U Bein, in the era of the Bagan kings, using wood and old pillars from the Inwa Palace in accordance with ancient methods of scaling and measuring, in 482 compartments. It was completed in 1851. More than K22 million has been spent on bridge upkeep since 2005.

“Now the company will carry out the necessary repairs ... They will provide the pillars. We have consulted with the Myanmar Architects’ Council, the archaeological department and the regional government,” U Nyo Myint Tun said.

The work will begin after getting advice from the architects, including German specialists.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han
By Phyo Wai Kyaw | Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Credit : Myanmar Times

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