A village monastery in Bamauk Township is planning to set up a museum to display royal items donated by King Mindon and the Chief Queen.
The items donated to the Maha Gandhayon Monastery in Settaw Gone Yoe Village include ‘Malika’, a court dress for royal occasions, two white umbrellas, one umbrella handle, writs, palm-leaf inscriptions, two spittoons, and two wooden wardrobes with elephant tusks, according to the committee set up for establishing the museum.
“We are working on establishing a museum to house the royal items, with the permission of the Presiding Sayadaw of the monastery. We hope the museum will encourage the spirit of conservation in the next generation so they work to preserve the items donated by King Mindon and Chief Queen Sekkya Dewei as part of our cultural heritage,” said U Maung Thaung, a patron of the organizing committee for the museum.
The Archaeological Department has asked the monastery to donate the royal items to it, if plans for the museum do not materialize, he added.
A request for setting up the museum has been made to the Sayadaw with the aim of giving the current and younger generations an opportunity to study the royal items, he said.
—Win Oo (Zayar Taing)
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)