The inauguration of the Bogyoke Aung San statue and the square was held in Mandalay yesterday in commemoration of the centenary of the late national leader, with the attendance of Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Secretary of the Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy U Win Htein and Chief Minister of Mandalay Region Dr Zaw Myint Maung and officials.
At the ceremony, Speaker U Win Myint delivered an opening address to unveil the brass statue which was cast in commemoration of Bogyoke Aung San, the independence hero of Myanmar.
Responsible persons also explained the efforts to cast the statue and build the square which serve as a model and example for future generations.
The statue and the square are located in Mandalar Tagon Park between 56th and 57th streets and Bayintnaung and Kyansittha roads, Pyigyitagon Township, Mandalay.
The statue was cast by Daw Nyunt Nyunt Win, the daughter of the traditional Myanmar brass sculptor U Win Maung of Tampa Wadi ward, Mandalay.
Using 1800 viss (2880 kilograms) of brass, she began work on the statue on 23 July 2016 and completed it on 8 June 2017.
The 13-foot-high statue was paraded through the city last weekend before reaching its destination, Mandalar Tagon Park in Pyigyitagun township, at 8pm on Sunday.
(Mandalay Sub-printing House)