Bagan International Coordinating Committee (BICC) held their second meeting at the Bagan Archaeological Museum yesterday.
Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min and Mandalay Region Minister for Planning and Finance U Myat Thu delivered separate opening addresses.
Likewise, the German Ambassador to Myanmar, Indian consulate-general, ROK chargé d’affaires, ROK Cultural Heritage Administration, and UNESCO representative for Yangon delivered separate addresses. This was followed by a handing over of books published by the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation to the Department of Archaeological Research and National Museums.
Next, the Technical Expert Team and Technical Support Team of the aforementioned department and Myanmar Architecture Association explained the progress of restoring the Bagan pagodas to their state before the damage caused by the earthquake.
This was followed by various reports including NyaungU District GAD on received donations and progress report, the Ministry of Construction’s restoration progress, and the research and museum department’s reports on the restoration process and preserving the wall murals.
Next, officials from China, Germany’s Cologne Institute of Conservation Science and GEKE, South Korea’s KCHF, US-based Getty Conservation Institute and SEAMEO SPAFA read international reports on conserving Bagan.
Afterwards, Mr Rodolfo Lujan and Mr Aurn Menon of the Expert Technical Advisory Group explained the restoration progress and future processes based on current results. The research and museum department’s director-general gave feedback on the discussions and Deputy Minister U Kyi Min delivered the closing speech.—MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)