Yan­gon to reg­is­ter an­cient her­itage sites

The Myanmar Times - - News - Aungkyawmin@mm­times.com AUNG KYAW MIN

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.

Photo: Aung Khant

The In­dian em­bassy in Yan­gon was awarded a blue plaque for the build­ing’s her­itage sta­tus on May 30.

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