Handover ceremony of Conservation Management Manual for Bagan temples held

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Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko accepts the Conservation Management-Manual GPR Equipment presented by the Republic of Korea on 11 January 2021. Photo : MNA

The four manuals on the Republic of Korea’s mural conservation and management at the temples in Bagan were presented to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture yesterday morning. The ministry and the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation have been jointly carrying out the conservation of temple 477, 478 and 479 since 2018.
Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, ROK’s Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Lee Sang-hwa, Head of the Bagan Office of the KCHF Mr Kim Dong-min attended the event at the Bagan Archaeological Museum. At the ceremony, the Union Minister talked about the technical assistance and programme of the KCHF to the conservation of ancient Bagan temples which were damaged by a major earthquake in 2016.
The first phase of the conservation project was started in 2018, and it will be finalized in 2021. The second phase of the project will be implemented from 2021 to 2025. Followed by the greetings from the ROK ambassador, the head of KCHF in Bagan explained the first phase of conservation works.
U Kyaw Oo Lwin, the Director-General from the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, reported on bilateral cooperation, cultural exchange programme, antique exhibition and training courses. The Union Minister then received the four booklets— Conservation Manual, Structural Conservation Manual, Mural Painting Conservation Manual and the Ground Penetrating Radar.
The Union Minister, the ambassador and officials looked into the laboratory of Bagan archaeology museum and the store of antiques.
A plaque of appreciation was also unveiled to appreciate the assistance of KCHF.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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