October 20, 2017

President opens ceremony to mark 700th anniversary of founding Sagaing city, meets artists in Mandalay

Sitagu Sayadaw, President U Thein Sein and party pose for documentary photo in front of  King Athinkhaya Saw Yun bronze statue.—IPRD
Sitagu Sayadaw, President U Thein Sein and party pose for documentary photo in front of
King Athinkhaya Saw Yun bronze statue.—IPRD

President U Thein Sein on Sunday inaugurated the bronze statue of King Athinkhaya Saw Yun at the opening ceremony to mark 700th anniversary of founding Sagaing city.
Ancient Sagaing city was the former capital of Myanmar’s pre-eminent kingdom in 1315, just decades after the collapse of Bagan dynasty.
The ceremony was attended by Chancellor of Sitagu International Buddhist Academy Dr Ashin Ñanissara, Buddhist monks, Chief Minister of Mandalay region U Ye Myint, Chief Minister of Sagaing region U Tha Aye, senior military officers and the locals.
Dr Ashin Ñanissara then explained about the erection of King Athinkhaya Saw Yun Min who founded the city in 14th century.
President U Thein Sein and senior government officials then attended the opening ceremony held at the city’s central playground together with the locals.
The president said at the ceremony that he appreciated the efforts of Sagaing residents to hold the grand event as a gesture of preservation and restoration of cultural heritages.
The president and government officials then visited Maha Sigongyi Pagoda, donated offertories to the pagoda, and Waso robes to the Buddhist monks before proceeding to Lay Kyun Marn Aung Buddha Image.
The ceremony will be held from 26 to 28 July, with holding memorial galleries and the offering of donations to Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as other entertainment programmes.
The president met artists from various fields led by Patron of Myanmar Thabin Association U Shwe Nann Tin and those of Myoma Band.
Vice Chairman of Fine Arts Centre implementation committee Director-General U Kyaw Myint Hlaing reported on project for the centre, structures of building and architectural designs.
The president said the fine arts centre will be built in Mandalay to preserve Myanmar cultural heritage for new generations. He said that a plan is underway to build a similar centre in Yangon to be able to stage performing arts entertainment, showcase artistic works and conduct training.
The Mandalay centre will be built on an 8.81-acre land between 73rd and 78th street in Chanmyathazi Township.

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