ANCIENT buildings across Mon State, some of them over 100 years old, need to be renovated, according to Daw Khaing Khaing Lae, an MP from Thaton Constituency, who urged the local government to protect the structures at the 4th regular session of the Mon State Hluttaw.
Some owners of the ancient structures do not understand the importance of renovation, while some others have no money to maintain their historic property, she added.
State authorities recently designated Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, and Khayone Cave, a natural limestone cave, in Kyaikmayaw Township, as cultural zones.
There are nine conservation areas in Mon State, including archaeological sites in Bilin Township, Moksoema Cave in Kyaikhto Township, Gawun Pagoda in Mudon Township, stone inscriptions at Shwesayan Pagoda and a Buddhist monastery.
“There are many ancient structures such as pagodas, temples, Buddhist monasteries, Christian churches, governmental offices and houses built in the colonial period. Many of them require renovation,” Daw Khaing Khaing Lae said.
Yadana Bonmyint Monastery in Mawlamyine, considered a prime example of traditional architecture, and Kawhnat Monastery established by U Na Auk attracts many foreign visitors. Both are badly in need of repair.— Myitmakha News Agency