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July 14, 2020

All significant pagodas in Taunggyi to close until 15 June

All significant pagodas in Taunggyi will be closed until 15 June, according to the pagodas’ boards of trustees. To prevent the spreading of the coronavirus and the crowd of the people in the pagodas in Taunggyi, the Shan State government instructed the closure of all pagodas in Taunggyi starting from April.
“We do not allow the pilgrims to enter our pagoda in Taunggyi. If we receive the permission of the state government, we will reopen our pagoda again. The government has extended the closure period till 15 June,” said a member of a pagoda board of trustees.
The pagodas are closed to prevent the crowd and reduce the number of pilgrims. The significant pagodas in Taunggyi are Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda, Mya Sein Taung Pagoda, Shwemawdaw pagoda and Sandamuni pagoda.—Kye Sin (Taunggyi) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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