Ancient religious building in Bago Region needs renovation

Kuthinayone Monastery on Phayagyi Street, Nyaunglebin.  Photo: Ko Htwe (Nyaunglebin)
Kuthinayone Monastery on Phayagyi Street, Nyaunglebin.  Photo: Ko Htwe (Nyaunglebin)

SITUATED in Nyaunglebin, a town in Bago Region, a 112-year-old religious building is in need of repair, according to a Buddhist monk residing in the ancient structure.
Buddhist monks are currently living in the old building, located within the compound of the Kuthinayone Monastery on Phayagyi Street in Myoma Ward-1, Nyaunglebin Town.
Commenting on the building, Sayadaw Ashin Vithehta Linkara, an Abbot of the Kuthinayone Monastery, said, “The old building was built by Daw Phaw and families in 1905 for religious purposes. The wide parts of the building are naturally damaged and in need of renovation. Efforts were made to reach the original donors, but we lost contact with them.”
“We invite the government and all enthusiasts to visit the 31-foot long, 31-foot wide and 36-foot high brick building decorated with ancient architecture, in an effort to maintain it as a cultural heritage,” the Abbot of the monastery added.
The old building was also damaged by several earthquakes. Large cracks appeared in the building after an earthquake of 6.0 magnitudes struck 27.3 km west-southwest of Pyu Town in Bago Region last Friday.—Ko Htwe (Nyaunglebin) old building 5 72

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