A total of 295,284 local and foreign travellers visited the Bagan Archaeological Museum in NyaungU District of Mandalay Region in the 2018-2019 fiscal, said U Nyi Mon, the Deputy Director of the Archaeology and National Museum Department.
The Bagan Archaeological Museum is situated south of the Gawdawpalin temple in old Bagan, NyaungU Township. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays. The entrance fee is K5,000 for foreigners and K500 for local travellers. Entry is free for students, children, and monks.
“The museum opened in 1904 near the northern entrance of the Ananda temple. Later, a modern museum was built and opened on 1 October, 1979. In early 1995, construction began on a new museum, along with international standards, near the site of the old museum. The new museum was opened on 17 April, 1998,” said U Nyi Mon. The museum near Gawdawpalin temple was constructed on a plot of land measuring 10.97 acres. The museum houses 10 exhibition rooms, including a special display room, and rooms featuring Bagan architecture, Bagan arts and crafts, Bagan palace—city, Bagan literature, Bagan social life, Bagan Buddhist art, Bagan Buddha images, Bagan frescos, and Bagan paintings depicting pagodas and monuments.
In the 2018-2019 FY, 284,930 locals and 10,354 foreigners visited the museum. In 2017, a children’s museum was also opened near the Bagan Archaeological Museum. Children can read books at the children’s museum. The statues of Anawyahta, Bayintnaung, and Alaungpaya will be showcased at the children’s museum. —
U Win Htein (Ngathayauk)
(Translated by Hay Mar)