Yangon - U Bein Bridge, a famous historical bridge and also the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar, will get renovated starting next month, aimed to promote tourism, official media reported.

Located in Amarapura, south of Mandalay region, the 1.2km-long bridge was built in 1850s over the Taungthaman Lake, using a traditional method.

The teakwood bridge, an important passageway for local people to cross the lake, is considered one of the most scenic spots in Amarapura, a town boasting beautiful landscape and rich local life.

The renovation work will be undertaken with the help of German experts, to maintain the bridge's original feature, Mandalay Region Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation was quoted as saying.

The bridge had been challenged due to the flooding of the country's giant river - the Ayeyarwady River in August when the increased water level of the lake nearly reached the floor of the bridge, forcing the authorities to close it temporarily.

Xinhua