Government allocates funds for U Bein Bridge repairs

The Union government has stumped up almost US$200,000 for urgent repairs to Mandalay’s U Bein Bridge, a popular tourist attraction that some have warned is in danger of collapse. The Mandalay Region government will use the K227 million ($199,500) in funding to undertake major repairs at the teak bridge, according to Minister for Finance U […]

Monsoon hits Mandalay’s tourism

Popular destinations in Mandalay have seen a significant decline in the number of tourists arrivals this month, as the monsoon season has arrived. The wet season runs from May to September. “Visitor numbers have declined during May. Yet, tourists from Thailand and China visit Mandalay almost every day. In the past years, boat drivers had […]

Resort Development Underway at Taungthaman Lake

RANGOON — A Mandalay-based developer has commenced work on the construction of a 16-hectare (40-acre) resort to be built on dormant farmland by the Taungthaman Lake, home of the famed U Pein Bridge. The resort, to be built on an overgrown clearing near the eastern end of the 1.2-kilometer (0.75-mile) teakwood bridge, will cater to […]

17 Factories Suspended After Polluting Lake in Central Burma

MANDALAY — The Mandalay municipal government has suspended operations of 17 factories in one of the city’s largest industrial zones, citing diminished fish populations caused by water pollution in Taungthaman Lake. A Water and Sanitation Department official told The Irrawaddy that the factories, which include sugar refinery, canning, liquor brewing and leather curing facilities in […]

Myanmar sees over 400,000 tourists visiting second largest city in 2014

YANGON, April 28 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay in the north received more than 400,000 foreign tourists in 2014, revealed the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on Tuesday, predicting a rise to more than 500,000 in 2015. According to the Mandalay regional immigration authorities, 464, 577 foreign tourists visited the country’s cultural […]