Plan underway to maintain stone inscriptions at Kuthodaw Pagoda

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Arrangements are being made to clean 729 plaques with stone inscriptions at Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay with the use of chemicals, as well as the renovation of pagodas where the plaques are housed.
Photo records of the renovation of the pagodas will be made, while translations of the stone inscriptions will be posted online as of the first week of June.
With the assistance of Japan’s Chuo Academic Research Institute, experts from Sydney University in Australia and staff of the Archaeology and National Museum Department (Mandalay) will cooperate on the three-year project, according to Director U Nyo Myint Tun of the department.
“Maintenance will help the longevity of stone inscriptions, and the posting of the translated Buddhist inscriptions will help spread them across the world,” he added. The government arranges maintenance of ancient cultural heritages made of wood and bamboo with the use of chemicals and technology. Likewise, mural paintings, artistic works and ancient literature works are being renovated
through modern techniques.–Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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