Renovation of 89 quake-hit pagodas in Bagan to start next month

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A temple in Bagan, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Myanmar.

WITH the close collaboration of experts at home and abroad, major renovations of 89 quake-damaged pagodas and Buddhist temples will begin next month, according to the department of archaeology and national museums (Bagan branch).
In the first phase, the department will repair 36 pagodas including Bagan’s well-known Sulamani and Ananda temples, with plans to renovate 53 others in the second stage, said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the department.
A total of 389 pagodas and temples were destroyed by a powerful earthquake that hit the ancient city in August. All damaged pagodas have invaluable ancient architecture.
Renovations for more than 200 temples with minor damage were completed this month.
With a spending of Ks4.6
billion donated by well-wishers, renovation plans will be
implemented in phases over the next five years, with plans to solicit further donations for each temple, said U Aung Aung Kyaw.
Over 500 types of precious ancient objects from inside the temples have been kept at Bagan’s Archaeological Museum, said NyaungU District General Administrator U Soe Tint.

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