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September 17, 2019

Efforts on to build jade pagoda in Kachin’s jewelry land

 A compound  seen, in which  a jade pagoda will be built in Kachin State.  Photo :Supplied
A compound seen, in which a jade pagoda will be built in Kachin State.  Photo :Supplied

Plans for a jade pagoda in Kachin State have been completed, and construction will begin as soon as authorities give the project a green light, said a project manager. Once complete, the pagoda will be the first of its kind in Kachin State.
The construction of the pagoda is being organized by the abbot of the Mawpint Monastery, and volunteers, including gems and jewellery entrepreneurs from Namachi area. The building project has been mooted since 15 November.
The organizing body has submitted information related to the design for the jade pagoda to the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. It will start construction after the plans are approved by the authorities.
The jade pagoda will be constructed on a one-acre land plot located at the summit of the old Buddhist monastery near the bottom of the Lwekham Mountain in Mawhan Village, Mohnyin Township. Gems and jewellers from Mawhan area have pledged good quality raw jade stones for the project, while entrepreneurs from Hpakant area have said they will provide all necessaries for the project. Initially, some families residing in Mawhan Village donated more than Ks65 million and some building materials for the project. We are welcoming donations of all sizes for the project, said U Yi Myint, one of volunteers.—Ni Toe (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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