President U Thein Sein went on an inspection tour Saturday of the cultural heritage zone in the township of Taungdwingyi, Magway Region.
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Beikthano, a city also known as Vishnu, is located near Kokkokhwa village-tract in the township.
At the Beikthano cultural heritage zone, President U Thein Sein heard briefings on the discoveries of building structures, jewelry and urns, as well
as criteria of archaeological findings for inclusion in the World Heritage
The president said it was important to foster a new generation of archaeologists, urging officials to create more tourism jobs for local people and protect cultural heritage from both man-made and natural disasters.
After viewing excavated items on display at the Beikthano Archaeological Museum, he signed in the visitors’ book of the museum and went on a guided tour of the archaeological excavations in the zone.
The president paid homage to Sayadaw Agga Maha Suddhamma Jotikadhaja Bhaddanta Cittanana at the pagoda in the zone, conversing with people from surrounding villages and asking them about agriculture and regional development activities.
Beikthano is located 18 kilometers southwest of Taungdwingyi and covers an area of 2,420 acres. Together with Sri Ksetra and Hanlin, the ancient city was inscribed on the World Heritage List at
the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee on 22 June 2014.