PRESIDENT U Thein Sein instructed the board of trustees of the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda not to build additional hotels, guesthouses, shops or homes on the platform of the pagoda.
During his visit to the pagoda in Kyaikhto, Mon State, yesterday, the president also stressed the need to inspect the durability of buildings on the mountain and to build containing walls in order to prevent landslides, if necessary.
The president instructed the authorities to build hotels, guest houses and free shelters for pilgrims at the Kinpun Camp, a base camp at the foot of the mountain.
He also urged the authorities to strictly supervise the hotels, guest houses and shops around the pagoda to ensure cleanliness and good service.
President U Thein Sein urged the pagoda’s board of trustees to cooperate with the Mon State government and non-governmental organisations in conserving the environment and carrying out the afforestation of the mountain.
He left the pagoda for Yangon by helicopter later that day.