Bronze statue of General Aung San to be erected in capital
A BRONZE statue of General Aung San will be erected in the nation’s administrative capital, the head of the committee tasked to supervise the construction told The Myanmar Times.
There has been a strong public clamour for the statue of the country’s national hero to be erected in the capital and the parliament voted to carry out the citizen’s wishes, said U Min Thu, chair of the newly formed Bogyoke Statue Organising Committee of the Union Territory.
The statue will be built in Nay Pyi Taw’s most prominent intersection, the Tha Pyay Gone roundabout. It will be at least 18 feet tall, and construction will take six months minimum.
“It is not yet confirmed, but it will not be smaller than 18 feet,” U Min Thu said. “It will be an equestrian statue and will be built gradually,” he said.
The organising committee in charge of supervising the construction now comprised 23 members:
“All of the Hluttaw MPs from here [Nay Pyi Taw] will be included in the committee. We are contacting U Hla Htay Win [Pyithu Hluttaw MP of Zeyathiri constituency and USDP member], but we haven’t reached him as of now,” said U Min Thu.
The main funding for the bronze Bogyoke statue will come from local citizens’ donations, he added.
Under the National League for Democracy-led government, bronze statues of Bogyoke Aung San were already erected in Lewe and Tatkone, Nay Pyi Taw council area. Some space was freed for the bronze Bogyoke statue in Pyinmana by cutting down trees.
The site chosen for the Bogyoke statue in Nay Pyi Taw.