Inwa mu­seum to close for an up­grade

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­

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

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