The government has spent Ks15million on renovation of the Lay Htat Kyee Pagoda in Mandalay region, according to U Nyo Myint Tun,
director of the Mandalay branch of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum, and Library.
“The project was started in the first week of November and it will be completed in December. The parts of the
pagodas that were damaged after the 2012 earthquake are being repaired”, U Nyo Myint Tun said. “Renovating pagodas are not like putting up a new building, because these are valuable ancient architectures”.
The Lay Htat Kyee pagoda was built by King Nyaung Yan in A.D 963. The pagoda was destroyed by fire in 1020. The special chamber with a tiered roof (Gan Da Gu Di Taik) that houses the Buddha was built during the King Thipaw Dynasty.
The Department of Archaeology, National Museum, and Library have restored a total of 300 ancient pagodas since the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Aung Thant Khine