Uttamanuson Bridge (Mon Bridge)

The Uttamanuson Bridge, the Mon Bridge, or the Wooden Mon Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. With the length of 850 meters, the bridge occupies the second place of the longest wooden bridges in the world next to the Ubeng Bridge in Myanmar. This bridge stretches across the Songkalia River in Tambon Nong Lu, Amphoe Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi Province.

The construction of the bridge was led by Luang Pho Uttama, an abbot of Wat Wang Wiwekaram during 2529 – 2530 B.E. The bridge provides convenient transportation and communication between Thai community and Mon community. Nowadays, the bridge is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi.   

 

The Bridge of Faithfulness

The bridge is officially named “Uttamanuson Bridge”, driving across the bridge is prohibited; travellers can walk along the bridge across the Songkalia River to Mon Village. The bridge occupies the first place of the longest wooden bridges in Thailand with a total length of 850 meters. At the middle of the bridge, tourists can have a sightseeing of the meeting point of three rivers; Songkalia River, Bikhli River, and Ranti River. This point is known as “Sam Prasop”.

 

The Wooden Mon Bridge is a symbol of good relationship between Thai people and Mon people. The bridge links the communities (Thai and Mon) on both sides together; it is also shortly called “Mon Bridge”. In the past, Luang Pho Uttama, an abbot of Wat Wang Wiwekaram, led the construction of the bridge with a collaboration of Thai people and Mon people who had great respect on Luang Pho Uttama. It is said that many logs used in the construction were dead trees in the area of Khao Laem Mountain.