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February 17, 2019

Historical data, building lists of Ancient City Amarapura to be published soon

A palace guard tower in ancient Amarapura city. 
Photo: Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing house)

The historical data and building lists related to the ancient city of Amarapura will be published soon, according to U Aye Lwin, Assistant Director of Mandalay Region Archaeological Research and National Museum Department.
The historical data and building lists of ancient city Amarapura have been collected since 2017, aiming to assist in creating new tourist destinations for development of tourism sector.
Mandalay Region Archaeological Research and National Museum Department carried out minor renovation to the archaeological heritage buildings of ancient city Amarapura continuously, particularly in 2018, clearing the grass bushes in and around the buildings, he added.
Bodaw Badon Min founded the ancient city Amarapura dynasty which has seven kings.
The cultural heritages of the ancient city Amarapura can be observed at No.2 main factory (electricity) – Pa La Sa (2) in Tama Tan Street beside the Yangon-Mandalay Highway in Amarapura Township, according to 70-year old U Ba Aye who lives in Hman Tan Kwet Thit in Amarapura Township.
The first indigo factory in Myanmar constructed by Kanaung Mintha Gyi, including six 20 ft wide and 40 ft deep brick-lined tanks and one ancient stove is also located in this factory compound.
A palace tower which has 6 ft in length, over 40 ft in width and over 45 ft in height, and an ancient royal treasure house that is assumed to be constructed in the reign of Bodaw Badon Min, are also situated there.
“Amarapura is a former royal capital. Most of the archaeological heritages of Amarapura disappeared, as the buildings in which were moved when the new Yadanarbon City was
founded.
There were palace walls and moats in the past, but then they disappeared. If local residents conserve the remaining buildings and pagodas, they will exist longer,” U Ba Aye said.
There were also tombs and pagodas of Bodaw Badon Min, Bagyidaw Min and Tharrawaddy Min, along with U Pawoo Pagoda, Bo Bo Aung Pagoda, Shwe Sankar Myo Daung Pagoda, Mya Pha Khet Pagoda.

—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing house)
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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