President U Htin Kyaw visits U Thant Museum

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President U Htin Kyaw sees historic pictures at U Thant’s House Museum in Yangon. Photo: MNA

President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw, together with Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw U Mann Win Khaing Than and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, visited U Thant House Museum at No. 31 Panwar Road in Kamayut Township, Yangon, yesterday.
The President and party viewed documentary photos that illustrated the life of U Thant as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, civil servant, teacher and writer as well as his endeavours during the Cold War, Vietnam war and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dr Thant Myin-U, a grandchild of U Thant, conducted the tour around the museum for the President and his party.
Later, the President presented a gift to Dr Thant Myint-U, who also presented the President with books he had written.
The President’s visit to the museum coincided with the 108th Birthday of the former UN Secretary-General.  Yesterday, talks were held on future plans for the museum and Dr Thant Myint-U spoke of the legacy of U Thant. Additionally, Mr Gopal Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former governor of West Bengal, spoke of the human soul.
Later, the Yangon Region Chief Minister, Dr Thant Myint-U and Mr Gopal Gandhi planted trees in commemoration of U Thant in the museum compound.
At the ceremony, the Chief Minister said that he came to the ceremony to honour the man who tirelessly served the world and sought peace and truth.
The ceremony was also attended by Patron of the National League for Democracy Thura U Tin Oo, and regional ministers, the mayor, diplomats and invited university students.
U Thant served as the third Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971 and was a high ranking government official from 1951 to 1957. He lived in this house together with his wife Daw Thein Tin, daughter Daw Aye Aye Thant and son Tin Maung Thant.
As his grandson, Dr Thant Myint-U found the house abandoned in 2012, he asked for permission from the authorities to renovate the building and open it as a museum for U Thant.
The museum is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.—Myanmar News Agency

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