July 04, 2017

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Restoration, preservation of quake-hit pagodas in Bagan to be under rules for World Heritage list

Vice President U Myint Swe chairs the meeting on restoration and  preservation of ancient pagodas, stupas and religious edifices in Bagan.
Vice President U Myint Swe chairs the meeting on restoration and preservation of ancient pagodas, stupas and religious edifices in Bagan.

VICE President U Myint Swe has stressed the need to pay attention to professional suggestions and opinions in the restoration and preservation of damaged pagodas in Bagan.
Speaking at the meeting on the preservation of ancient pagodas, stupas and religious edifices damaged by the earthquake that struck on 8 September, he underlined the importance of the work in having the Bagan archaeological zone listed in the World Heritage list.
“It is important for working committees to carry out the work systematically. There has not been such an event in Bagan since July, 1975.” the Vice President said.
A leading committee, formed under the notification issued by the President’s Office, with a view to preserving ruins of damaged pagodas and religions edifices operates with two working committees and five sub-committees.
Duties include sheltering ruined pagodas under cover not to allow any more damage, making arrangements for pilgrims to pay homage to pagodas safely and making consultations with experts and architects to preserve the pagodas in their original state.
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and party visited there on 27 August while Vice President U Henry Van Thio and party on 5 September, giving guidance.
Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religions Affairs and Culture, Secretary of the Leading Committee clarified the restoration and preservation works in compliance with international standards.
Dr Zaw Myint Maung, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region, U Kyaw Oo Lwin, Director-General of Archaeology and National Museum Department, Union Ministers U Win Khaing and Dr Pe Myint discussed the issue respectively.
Upon discussion, the vice president gave closing remarks.

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