U Bein Bridge needs upkeep for pedestrians
IF travellers are to be allowed to cross the iconic U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake, it is going to need constant upkeep, said Taungthaman Boat Association chair U Soe Win.
The bridge, which was built in 1211 by township official U Bein using 1086 teak pillars, has been under repair since March. Myanmar Teakwood Company has replaced 300 pillars, U Soe Win said.
“If travellers are not allowed to cross, the bridge can be left in its ancient state,” he said on August 29. “If the travellers are allowed to cross, it needs to be repaired and maintained.”
Many have criticized the repairs, and more than 200 pillars still need to be replaced, he said. It is unclear how long this will take.
The bridge is about 1500 metres (4900 feet) in length. Some sections were destroyed in a 2004 flood. Teak pillars were replaced by concrete ones.
This year, lake water rose up over the bridge and tourists were temporarily stopped from crossing it. – Translation by Khine Thazin Han
Workers replace teak beams on the iconic U Bein Bridge.