East fa­cade of Htilominlo Tem­ple par­tially col­lapses

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW news­room@mm­times.com

HEAVY rains has trig­gered the col­lapse of parts of the east façade of Htilominlo Tem­ple in Ba­gan’s an­cient her­itage zone.

The col­lapse at Htilominlo, one of Ba­gan’s most pres­ti­gious tem­ples, hap­pened on Mon­day night, said U Tin Hla Oo, sec­re­tary of the tem­ple board of trustees.

“The col­lapsed part was about one and a half feet from the up­per part of the east façade of the tem­ple. We will re­pair it soon. No dam­age oc­curred in any other part dur­ing the col­lapse,” he said.

The tem­ple has sur­vived col­laps­ing due to earth­quakes at least twice. In 1975, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial records, the same part that col­lapsed on Mon­day night was dam­aged by an earth­quake.

In 2016, a pow­er­ful seis­mic wave hit Ba­gan, caus­ing huge losses to an­cient and renowned pago­das and tem­ples.

A spe­cial build­ing team is tasked with the re­pair, he said. The team has been re­pair­ing Kwan Taung at Htilominlo tem­ple for the past two years.

U Soe Win, a Ba­gan res­i­dent, said the gov­ern­ment should care­fully se­lect ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and con­struc­tion ex­perts for the re­pair of the tem­ple due to its his­toric sig­nif­i­cance.

“Nowa­days, pago­das shouldn’t be re­stored by just any­one,” he said.

On Fri­day, two-thirds of Pagoda No. 1378 in the an­cient her­itage zone also col­lapsed due to the rain.

Ba­gan is fa­mous for its tem­ples and pago­das and is a top tourist des­ti­na­tion in the coun­try.

Photo: Sup­plied

Some of the dam­age at Htilominlo Tem­ple.

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