Govt sends pagoda trustees rules for preservation of ancient sites

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The Ministry of Culture has sent a list of rules and regulations for the preservation of ancient pagodas to the respective boards of trustees for pagodas around the country.
Boards of trustees are required to cooperate with the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in preservation of cultural heritage sites, said U Nyo Myint Tun, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay).
“Ancient cultural heritage sites must be preserved as testament to the flourishing of Buddhism in the history of Myanmar, as well as Myanmar’s high architectural skills,” the director said.
“If the cultural heritage disappears, we will lose invaluable evidence in the future,  people should therefore not blame us for publishing these regulations.” The government cannot allocate adequate funds for the maintenance of the cultural heritage site, meaning local people, religious organizations and Buddhist monks must cooperate to ensure their preservation, he added.
“People need to inform the department of any repairs or construction required in the precincts of religious edifices and cultural heritages,” he said.–Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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