The commander-in-chief of defence services and high-ranking officials attended a ceremony Thursday to install a bronze bell — the second-largest in Myanmar — at Shwetaungsa Pagoda in Dawei, Taninthayi Region.
The commander-in-chief and officials offered food, fruit, flowers and water before the Buddha statue at the pagoda.
The congregation received the Ninefold Precept from Abhidhadhaja Aggamaha Saddhammajotika Bhaddanta Arindama, presiding Sayadaw of Zeyawaty Monastery in Dawei.
Families of defence service members and well-wishers donated K32 million, which was accepted by the pagoda’s board of trustees.
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife also offered lunch to members of the Sangha.
The 12-foot-tall bell, the second-largest to be cast in the country in the post World War II period, is similar in shape to one donated by King Thayawady, which is kept at Sunday Corner of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
In the evening, the commander-in-chief attended the opening of new buildings at a high school in Dawei.
He described education as an important investment in a country’s development, adding that local people will greatly benefit from the deep sea port project and special economic zone project in the town, with lots of investment opportunities for local business people.
He pointed out the need to focus on higher literacy rates in the region, calling for the creation of a pleasant learning environment for students.
The new two-storey school buildings were constructed at a cost of K1.1 billion contributed by the Myanma Economic Holding Limited and the Myanmar Economic Corporation.