Royal wooden boat in Mingun attracts growing tourist crowds

Royal wooden boat in Mingun. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
Royal wooden boat in Mingun. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

THE number of visitors coming to see the royal boat excavated near Phaungtawthi Port on the Ayeyawady River is reportedly rising day by day in Mingun, Sagaing Region.
That boat, carved out of a single tree, was found on 29 January 2015 and excavated by a group led by U Nandimadipati, patron of the Word Buddhist Academy. It was stored in the Parda Nathan Settawya Pagoda compound in Mingun.
“Although we informed the Mandalay archaeology research department, they could not take part in the excavation, so I formed a group to dig the boat at a cost of K5 million (US$4,065) from the pagoda fund,” said by U Nandimardipati.
The boat was carved from a tree measuring 78 feet long, 8.4 feet wide and 3 feet deep. The anchor of the boat is also made of wood.
“After digging up the big, wooden boat, archaeology researchers came and inspected it. They confirmed that it was a boat used by the royal family during the reign of King Mindon. Some foreigners have been heard saying they have never seen such a big wooden
boat carved from a tree in the world,” said Saya U Nyo Tun of the Innwa Naungyan missionary group.
The royal boat was kept in the compound of the Parda Nathan Settawya pagoda near the Mingun Bell—the third largest in the world—which also attracts large numbers of local and foreign tourists.

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