Amarapura

From the stately Mahagandayon to silk, the values of Amarapura embellish the holy lands of Myanmar.

The former royal capital of Myanmar was founded, governed, and raised to excellence by the kings of the Konbaung Dynasty in the country’s most fertile land. It suffered political neglect and a devastating fire in the early 19th century. The traces of it remain visible on the ruined city walls today. The motives behind its much-renowned epithet “City of Immortals” are unknown. Amarapura is famous for ancient Burmese traditions such as silk weaving and bronze working. Thanks to places like Mahagandayon and U Bein Bridge, the city retains its otherworldly appeal as an all-time favorite among travelers.

In Myanmar’s largest monastery, Mahagandayon, over a thousand monks convene to have their daily meal each day. This special gathering offers visitors a unique sight. The spectacular Buddhist sanctuary is more than a monastery. It is a working monastic college home to the sacred teachings of the Buddha. Come in lunchtime to witness the streets get washed in crimson as monks get in line for their last meal of the day. Their tranquility will entrance you at once.

Amarapura is much about silk as it is about worship. Nicknamed the “Queen of Textiles” for its affinity and resilience, silk has been a vital part of Burmese tradition for centuries. The city is famous for its silk weaving. The silk workshops scattered across are among its most appreciated highlights. A visit to these skill-ladened hubs will reveal awe-inspiring scenes of the making of longyis, a traditional unisex skirt. These are the best places to have a sincere conversation with locals.

Places to see in Amarapura

Mahagandayon Monastery

U Bein Bridge

Amarapura Gallery

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