December 13, 2017

President U Thein Sein drives stakes at Myanmar Art Center under construction in Mandalay

President U Thein Sein drives stake for construction of Myanmar Art Center (Mandalay) building.—IPRD
President U Thein Sein drives stake for construction of Myanmar Art Center (Mandalay) building.—IPRD

President U Thein Sein drove stakes to mark the construction of the Myanmar Art Center in Chanmyathazi township, Mandalay Region, on Sunday, officials said. At the briefing hall of the construction site, the president was given a progress report on archaeological designs and partitions. In a speech, he described Mandalay as a remaining city of art and sculpture, calling for cherishing the long tradition of cultural heritage as national concern.
The government is having two art centres constructed in Yangon and Mandalay, with the intention of giving entertainment to the public and bequeathing a legacy of performing arts to posterity. On completion, the art center will be able to stage formal and high-tech performances and invite cultural tropes of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). President U Thein Sein stressed the need for maintenance of the building, which will be handed over to the arts association when completed. The Myanmar Art Center (Mandalay) is being constructed on 8.50 acres of land. The seven-storey building with 100 feet in height is designed to house 3,000 spectators.

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