6 Bridges to explore in Myanmar
Largest of the mainland South East Asian nation. Overcame the long history of civil wars in 2011 to have a civilian government.
The Ava Bridge is a 16 span cantilever bridge between Ava and Sagaing, Mandalay Division, Burma. It was built by the British in 1934. The bridge was destroyed by the retreating British Army during World War II and was rebuilt in 1954 after Burmese independence. It was the only bridge to span the Irrawaddy River until recent times, when a spate of bridge construction has been carried out by the government including the new Irrawaddy Bridge.
One of Burma’s most stunning man-made marvels built by the colonial British, Gokteik Viaduct is a spectacular railway bridge over 100 meters above the ground and nearly 700 meters long. Constructed by British colonialists in 1901, Gokteik was once the longest railway trestle in the world. Located near Nawnghkio. The bridge was fabricated by Pennsylvania Steel Co. It was one of the key attractions in Shan.
A railroad bridge which was located across the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar's Pakokku town. The bridge is part of the India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway and is the longest bridge in Myanmar. It is a broad crested type bridge with a 52 foot high and 262 feet wide clearance area.
The U Bein bridge stretches across the Taungthaman lake in Myanmar. It might look like just another rickety wooden crossing, but this historic span is actually made of the remains of a royal palace. The construction was completed in 1851. The bridge was built at a slight curve and is supported by over a thousand wooden pillars that were hammered into the bottom of the shallow lake. It is truly an architectural and historical wonder in this area.