Yangon to register ancient heritage sites
YANGON’S ancient buildings and monuments are to be officially listed, in accordance with existing legislation. U Zaw Zaw Tun, director of the Ministry of Archaeology, National Museum and Library, told The Myanmar Times officials were acting under the instructions of Religion and Culture Minister Thura U Aung Ko. The Protection and Preservation of Ancient Monuments Law was passed last year.
“We’re compiling lists of ancient monuments for registration, as required by the law,” said U Zaw Zaw Htun.
Previously, the conservation of heritage buildings and monuments was the responsibility of municipal authorities, but has now been assumed by Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT).
Registration will make it easier for the government to allot funds for cleaning and maintaining the structures, both in Yangon and throughout the country.
On October 1, Minister Thura U Aung Ko took to social media to express regret that more had not been done to preserve ancient monuments over the years from the ravages of time, including the growth of grass and trees on and under their walls. He posted photographs of many of the buildings in question.
According to a list drawn up about 10 years ago by Yangon City Development Committee, there are more than 180 structures deserving of preservation. According to the regional department of archaeology, the list may need to be updated.
“We’re updating the lists to include all buildings that fit the requirements under the law,” said a spokesperson.
The Indian embassy in Yangon was awarded a blue plaque for the building’s heritage status on May 30.