Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital, Amarapura (အမရပူရ; amu-ra-pu-ra) means ‘City of Immortality’, though its period of prominence lasted less than 70 years (from 1783). In 1857 King Mindon began dismantling most of the palace buildings, shipping them 7 miles north to Mandalay, which was to become the new capital in line with a Buddhist prophecy. These days leafy Amarapura is essentially a spread-out suburb of Mandalay, attractively set on a wide, shallow lake, named for an ogre who supposedly came looking for the Buddha here.
The wide roads and twisting alleyways make Amarapura feel less aggressively modern than Mandalay, and spending a day here is a pleasant undertaking. The main attraction is an iconic wooden footbridge that crosses the lake. Several other minor sights are widely scattered – you'll need a bike or taxi to see them all.