U Bein’s橋

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U Bein\'s 是緬甸最著名的柚木橋,是1211年一位名叫 U Bein 市長,將位於茵華一座皇宮的柚木拆下來搭建的。

來到阿馬拉普拉後,通常都會順道遊 U Bein\’s 橋,因為兩地相距不足十分鐘車程。雖然如此,但這裏的氣氛卻和 Mahagandhayon Kyaung 寺有著天大的差別。如果說阿馬拉普拉是寧靜的佛門清靜地,這裏便是超級熱鬧的市集。剛來到橋頭,便有很多小販衝著而來,售賣民族首飾和香蕉、菠蘿等食物、橋頭兩端是餐\廳,橋邊更有當地人釣魚,十分熱鬧。

最令我驚訝的,是有三個小子當場在橋上跳到海中暢泳,雖然橋離水面不是十分高,差不多是兩米,但橋下的水是泥黃色,而且浪也頗大,他們只拿著一個黑色水泡便毫不猶疑地跳下,不消兩秒便悠然自得地在海面嬉戲,勇氣真的可嘉。而我只在站在橋面上,也腳震震,因為這道橋的木板好像十分破舊,有些更有一個大洞,一不留神差錯腳,也會掉到海裏。加上那天風十分大,就像不斷吹我到橋邊,但橋邊卻沒有圍欄,非常驚險﹗

U Bein\’s 橋全長1.2公里,要差不多二十分鐘才行完,來回也要一小時。橋的對岸又有數座寺廟參觀,加上在橋邊吃一個午飯,整個阿馬拉普拉的行程,竟然用了四個小時,大出意料之外,連載我們的司機,都十分擔心我們,一見我們便問為什麼那麼久,可能驚我們就此走人,不付錢吧。

用柚木搭建的U Bein's橋,兩旁竟然沒有扶手,一不留神,隨時會掉進水中。
用柚木搭建的U Bein’s橋,兩旁竟然沒有扶手,一不留神,隨時會掉進水中。
橋另一端的佛寺內,小朋友自成一角,玩獨有的遊戲
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佛像不止放在殿中,還放在窗邊
佛像不止放在殿中,還放在窗邊
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