Myanmar mulling motorcycle ban on U Bein Bridge

Authorities in Myanmar are mulling a motorcycle ban over the landmark U Bein Bridge, in the former capital of Amarapura just outside of Mandalay.

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay
U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

Motorcycle ban on historic teak bridge
Myanmar Times, 27 August – 2 September 2012

The Ministry of Culture plans to ban the use of motorbikes and bicycles on U Bein Bridge, a prominent tourist attraction in Mandalay Region that is regarded as the world’s longest teak bridge.

Deputy Minister for Culture Daw Sandar Khin said the measure would be introduced in cooperation with the local government to preserve the historic bridge, which crosses Taungthaman Lake at Amarapura, a former royal capital.

“We will negotiate to impose rules prohibiting the driving of motorbikes and riding of bicycles on the bridge, but owners of bicycles will still be allowed to push them across the bridge,” she told the Amyotha Hluttaw on August 17.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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