Inwa museum to close for an upgrade
LATER this month, the Inwa Archaeological Museum will close for the remainder of the year as renovation work gets under way.
The Mandalay branch of the Department of Archaeological Research and National Museum is proposing a complete overhaul of the museum, including both repairs and cosmetic changes. More exhibits and installation areas are also included in the K80 million upgrade.
The renovation proposal will be submitted to the archaeological research director’s office and the Mandalay Region government later the week, said U Nyo Myint Htun, director of the archaeological department’s Mandalay office.
He added that once the refurbishment gets started, it should be finished within the calendar year.
“There are many visitors to the Inwa cultural museum, not only local visitors but also foreign tourists. We don’t want them to worry that it is closed because something is wrong. We are just renovating,” he said.
The two-hall museum houses statues and artifacts from the surrounding cultural heritage zone that date back to the 14th century, as well as historical photos and maps.
In addition to the proposed upgrade at the museum, five buildings at the Inwa and Pinya archeological zones have already received funding for upgrades and repairs this fiscal year.
The K180 million budget granted by the Union government is slated for restoring the middle cave of Pinya’s Three-Cave (Gu Thone Lone) Pagoda, the Nan Myint Tower, the door of Sandar Puri and the palace wall that connects to the Kyaing Yone Door.
“The main project will be refurbishing Nan Myint Tower. Visitors couldn’t go up inside the tower in the past, but now we will renovate so that they can,” said U Nyo Myint Htun.
Pinya served as a royal capital less than a century after the fall of the Bagan empire in the late 13th century. Inwa was proclaimed the royal capital of the successive empire, and continued to function as a capital intermittently between the 14th and 19th centuries. – Translation by Emoon