Norwegian king and queen visit pottery in Yandabo Village

His Majesty King Harald V and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway view production process of pottery in Yandabo Village,  Myingyan District.—Thura Zaw
His Majesty King Harald V and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway view production process of pottery in Yandabo Village, Myingyan District.—Thura Zaw

Mandalay, 4 Dec—His Majesty King Harald V and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway visited the pottery of over two hundred years old in Yandabo Village in Myingyan District of Mandalay Region and viewed the stone pillar marking the truce of the first Anglo-Myanmar War on Thursday.
The king and the queen arrived in Yandabo from Bagan by special vessel in the afternoon and viewed the production of pottery at the workshop of octogenarian U Ba Chit, where officials explained the production process and presented gifts to the king and the queen.
Traditional pottery production in Yandabo, which was handed down from generations to generations, dates back over 200 years when Myanmar was ruled by kings.  Pottery from Yandabo has been distributed to the entire country since 2010 and the village has been a tourist attraction since 2011.
U Ba Chit said that he had never seen a foreign dignitary visiting their village in his life of over 80 years and that he was glad to see the king and the queen who visited the village unexpectedly. He added that the king and the queen had a chance to enjoy the first-hand experience of pottery production and he hoped the royal visit would inspire youths in the village.
School teacher U Thein Oo was of the opinion that the king and the queen visited the village because they were attracted by photographs taken by Norwegian tourists.
Then, the king and the queen viewed the stone pillar marking the truce of the first Anglo-Myanmar War near the village and left for Mandalay.
On 24 February 1826, the British and Myanmar signed the truce near the villages after the first Anglo-Myanmar war which broke out from 1824 to 1826.—Thura Zaw

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