11 October 2018
The vice president U Myint Swe delivered the remark at the 3rd meeting of the leading committee for restoration and conservation of the pagodas in Bagan held at Bagan Museum on Wednesday.
In his remark, the vice president pointed out that Bagan Archeological and cultural zone where gathers over 3000 pagodas, temples and religious buildings together in one place has been standing over one thousand years. It’s not only a cultural heritage region but also a tourism destination attracted to the globetrotters from all over the world.
According to enumeration, a total of 389 pagodas in Bagan Archeological zone were damaged by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake on 24th August, 2016. A leading committee formed under the notification issued by the President’s Office, with a view to preserving ruins of damaged pagodas and religions edifices operates with two working committees and five sub-committees.
The first meeting of leading committee was held at Nay Pyi Taw on 7th October, 2016 and 7 decisions were made. Those decisions could be implemented within one year. The second meeting of leading committee was held at Bagan on 5th May, 2017 and 9 decisions were made. Out of 9 decisions made in second meeting, 5 decisions were implemented and 4 decisions are underway.
The rest tasks are needed to put all out efforts to be completed within 4 years of designated period. Next, the union minister for religious affairs and culture Thura U Aung Ko clarified the conditions of renovation status of earthquake-hit pagodas, temples and religious edifices, fundraising, keeping the funds which can be surplus after the restoration and conservation works, submitting proposal of Bagan Archeological zone to be listed in UNESCO World Heritage lists, works to be done for the long term development of Bagan Region.
Afterwards, the union ministers Lt. Gen. Kyaw Swe, Lt. Gen Ye Aung, Dr. Pe Myint, U Han Zaw, and Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, also clarified the respective sectors. And then, director-general of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, representative from Myanmar Engineering Society, deputy commissioner of Nyaung Oo district and responsible officials also elaborated the respective works for the restoration and conservation of pagodas, temples and religious edifices.
Next, the attendees discussed the necessary points for the development of Bagan Archeological zone and 10 decisions were made. After tending the necessary coordination, the vice president delivered the speech of conclusion and the meeting was concluded.
Later, the vice president accompanied by the union ministers, chief minister and responsible officials inspected the pagodas which have been completed the restoration and conservation works.