The wooden bridge at Sangkhlaburi
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Stroll along the country’s longest Mon wooden bridge in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi province.
To come and witness this with your very eyes is worth more than a thousand words. It is the longest wooden bridge built at Sangkhlaburi district for the purpose of public use as a route to come into contact between the two communities of Thais and Mons. The dazzling Sangkhlaburi wooden bridge, also known as Uttamanusorn Bridge, is a symbol of the district. Everyday there are a massive crowd of tourists come here to walk across the river Songaria and overlooks a scenic landscape of Sangkhlaburi.
Sangkhlaburi wooden bridge can be considered as the route of an international friendship between Thais and Mons because it links together Sangkhlaburi district to the Mon community on the other side of the bank. Therefore, it was given the name Saphan Mon. In the past, this bridge was built under the commission of highly sacred Luang Phor Uttama of Wang Wiwekaram temple, whom Thai, Mon and Karen people share a great respect in. It is said that some of huge logs used in the construction of the bridge were actually withered trees under the Khao Laem reservoir.
Nowadays, the 900-meter long bridge is for public transportation to make merit at Wang Wiwekaram temple where Luang Phor Uttama had resided when he was still alive. In addition, a considerable number of tourists can cross over to the other side to visit the Mon community as well.