East facade of Htilominlo Temple partially collapses
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.
Some of the damage at Htilominlo Temple.