December 19, 2016

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio goes on inspection tour of Bagan cultural region

Vice President U Henry Van Thio observes the quake-hit pagodas in Bagan. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio observes the quake-hit pagodas in Bagan. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the chairman of the national natural disaster management committee, went on an inspection tour of Bagan to assess the level of damages of the quake-hit pagodas and religious edifices yesterday.
On his arrival at Bagan Archaeological Museum, the Vice President heard reports on ongoing works for the restoration of damaged pagodas and temples presented by officials, including a representative of UNESCO.
Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung and Union Minister for Religious and Cultural Affairs Thura U Aung Ko presented  supplementary reports.
In his address, the Vice President called for advanced technology to be applied in cultural heritage restoration, stressing the need to record restoration works.
The Vice President then presented K100 million donated by the national natural disaster management central committee to Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, and accepted K100 million by CB Bank and US$50,000 by Thiripyitsaya Hotel.
Union Ministers Thura U Aung Ko, Dr Win Myat Aye and U Ohn Maung, Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung and Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe received cash donations presented by wellwishers.
On his inspection tour of Bagan, the Vice President inspected restoration works at several pagodas and temples.
An earthquake on 24 August damaged 449 religious edifices in the cultural heritage site. Cash donations of K1.9billion and $1,700 have been received.
The Department of Archaeology said that 40 religious edifices were covered with tarpaulins and works are underway to record and repair the damaged pagodas.—Myanmar News Agency

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