Free Knowledge... From People... To People
Search by Date Myanmar Version Mobile Version
 Miscellaneous NEWS
Updated on June 12, 2018 From Myanmar Times

Restoration of Shwe Nan Daw monastery to cost at least $1.5M

The restoration of Shwe Nan Daw Monastery, also known as Shwe Kyaung, a popular tourist attraction in Mandalay Region, will cost from US$1.5 million to $1.7 million, an executive of a foreign agency helping in the project, said.
        Jeffery Allen, project director of the World Monuments Fund, said the cost will depend on the scale of restoration to be done on what is considered the most significant historic building in Mandalay.
        The World Monuments Fund and the Department of Archeology and National Museum has been conducting the restoration work since 2014, with partial funding from the US Ambassador’s Fund.
        “We restored the rear of the building and verandahs in the southern part, including stairs. The main problem is water. We had already done work to divert the water around Shwe Kyaung,” Allen said. “If we get more funds, we will carry out restoration work in the eastern and western parts of the building.”
        The US embassy gave $500,000 from the US Ambassadors’ Fund in 2014 and $300,000 in October 2016 for the work. The first grant was used for preliminary research, laser scanning of the Konbaung-era artwork, water drainage around the monastery and maintenance on its western part with the help of foreign experts.
        “We are doing a better job because the regional government is cooperating with us. We will move on with our work. Three columns were replaced. We will examine the condition of the pillars in the southern wing soon. We will conserve the Konbaung-era artwork on the verandas,” Allen said.
        The pillars of Shwe Kyaung were covered with gold leaf but were damaged by extensive touching, white ants and rain. The floor has also been damaged by Mandalay’s hot and dry weather, according to architects involved in the work.
        “The archeology department did not allow replacing the pillars. The old pillars should be replaced with new ones or visitors will not be able to climb on them,” said U Win Maung, a traditional Myanmar artist.
        Shwe Kyaung, built in the Konbaung era, is supported by 150 pillars and has 42 columns engraved with ancient figures. It is different than other ancient monasteries because it has a three-tiered roof, according to archaeology records.

View Count : 427 | Posted by

~ Latest News ~

Rakhine enquiry to focus on evidence, not fake news, says commission chair
Prayer event held for Reuters journalists
Min Ko Naing says it is important to detect stubborn points in peace process
Nexlabs sets the trend for digital transformation of Myanmar businesses
Yadanabon Cyber City Students Union meets Region Government over murder
Twitter CEO defends controversial Myanmar tweets
A female teacher killed in Ramree
Supporters, activists to mark first year of journalists’ jailing
Thousands protest jailing of activists in Myitkyina
NLD must win 2020 general elections to continue future aspirations - MP
Myanmar seizes heroin haul worth $4.7m: police
Standing Up for Human Rights in Myanmar
Reuters journalists named Time magazine's ‘Person of the Year’
Hotel workers protest against dismissal in Bagan
Amnesty calls for the freeing of jailed Kachin anti-war activists
Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters appeal this month
In northern Rakhine State, a standoff over citizenship guarantees
Kachin youth activists handed prison sentences for ‘defaming’ the Tatmadaw
Rohingya sent back to Myanmar camps in 'acute need': UNHCR
Thousands of women from Shan, Kachin forced into marriage in China, says study
Singapore police investigating fake Myanmar currency
A frank chat with Kayin Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint: part 2
Dugong found dead at Chaung Thar Beach
Family members of jailed Mandalay local farmers play beggars to show their hardships
Bank erosion causes land difficulties for Bago locals
The refugee from Taungpyo
Myanmar-China marathon to be held on 31 Dec
Myanmar earns 260 mln USD from cattle export in 12 months
Women cart drivers take over traditional men’s job in Inwa
EMG Journalists refuse to apologize to Yangon Government
NHRC advises action to be taken against those who killed taxi driver
Details of alleged bribery heard in Yangon judicial corDetails of alleged bribery heard in Yangon judicial corruption caseruption case
Pyin-Oo-Lwin flower festival attracts visitors
Removal of sandbanks in Mawlaik port is carried out
Patheingyi locals voice difficulties as they face arrest, trials over protest against cement plant
YBS minibus smashes into tollgate, injures 17
Transport authorities plan for smart car parks in Ygn
A Private set fire old communication equipments warehouse in Mandalay Palace
Wreaths laid at Martyrs’ Mausoleum in remembrance of fallen soldiers
Bat cave natural conservation area to open in Kanbalu Township
More News