August 19, 2016

Union Minister praises experts’ efforts to preserve Bagan

Bagan is facing challenges for its preservation. Photo: MNA
Bagan is facing challenges for its preservation. Photo: MNA

Nay Pyi Taw — Union Minister for Culture U Aye Myint Kyu on Wednesday applauded the efforts of a network of preservation experts to overcome the challenges facing Bagan’s long-term preservation.
He made the remarks while addressing the Ancient Cities Network: Preservation and Conservation Management of Bagan Ancient City.
The workshop was sponsored by the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information and is being held in Bagan from 21 to 24 September.  Participants include experts on technical management and conservation of ancient cities in Asian, a representative from the ASEAN Secretary-General’s Office and ancient cities studies academics.
The union minister, who also serves as chairman of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community of Myanmar, told workshop participants that technical expertise, communication and cultural understanding are crucial to Bagan’s preservation. He also expressed his support for the formation of the ASEAN Community.
He said the workshop will form the basis of understanding between ASEAN countries and encourage people to value and study ASEAN history, customs and traditions, as well as generating interest in the region’s changing architecture.
Daw Khin Kyi Pyar, the rector of the National University of Arts and Culture in Mandalay briefed the union minister on the proceedings of the


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