Magway Myathalun pagoda likely to reopen in August

Myathalun is one of the famous destinations in central Myanmar for the visitors. PHOTO: Zayyatu (Magway)
Myathalun is one of the famous destinations in central Myanmar for the visitors.  PHOTO: Zayyatu (Magway)
Myathalun is one of the famous destinations in central Myanmar for the visitors. PHOTO: Zayyatu (Magway)

Pagoda board of trustees submitted a proposal to the regional government to permit them to reopen Myathalun pagoda in Magway region on 28 July after preparing in line with coronavirus prevention guidelines, according to the chairman of Myathalun pagoda board of trustees. “We have already requested the regional government. So, the regional government informed the Coronavirus Central Committee. We will reopen after we are granted permission. We are waiting for the regional government’s instruction,” said Chairman U Soe Naing of Myathalun pagoda board of trustees. During the pandemic period, Myathalun pagoda in Magway region has been closed temporarily starting from 30 March to prevent the pagoda from being crowded with the pilgrims. Now, some restrictions were released and the pagoda board of trustees submitted a new proposal to the regional government to allow them to reopen the pagoda. “We still find coronavirus-positive patients. The pagodas and temples are making all the necessary preparations to be able to reopen the pagodas in towns in other regions including Yangon. The tea shops, restaurants and beer stations are also reopened. So, we hope we can reopen our pagodas soon. However, we need to obey the instructions and guidelines of the health department,” said U Aung Ngwe, a resident from Magway Region. Some have expected that Myathalun pagoda will be permitted to reopen in the first week of August while some are assuming that the pilgrims cannot be controlled on special occasions, according to the locals.—Zayyatu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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