December 21, 2016

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Renovation of alleged tomb of Thai king in Mandalay temporarily suspended

Renovation of Tomb of Thai king in the Linzin Hill graveyard is suspended temporarily. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing
Renovation of Tomb of Thai king in the Linzin Hill graveyard is suspended temporarily. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing

RENOVATION work on the memorial ground in the Linzin Hill graveyard in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, which has been said to be the resting place of the King Udumbara of Siam, is set to be temporarily suspended today following reports of some experts who said there is not strong enough historical evidence that the site is the tomb of the king.
“There will be a temporary suspension of restoration works while a team has been formed to assess whether the tomb of King Udumbara of Thailand was built more than 230 years ago,” said U Ye Mon, a member of the Mandalay City Development Committee.
As some experts have rejected the view that the site is the resting place of the Thai monarch, a report will be submitted to the regional government after assessments are made.
The team’s evaluation of the tomb will be carried out based on three points that include the use of modern technology to investigate the tomb and measures to assess whether renovation works are in accordance with the rules and regulations and whether the works should be allowed as an avenue to improve Thailand-Myanmar relations.
“We returned to renovate the site as the Sitagu Sayadaw requested that we resume the renovation works as a token of friendly bilateral relations, and the King of Thailand allowed the renovation project,” said Tampawady U Win Maung, who is working on the site.—Aung Thant Khaing

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