36 Bagan pagodas to be repaired by 2019

via Eleven Myanmar, 29 August 2017:

Repairs to 36 pagodas in Bagan that were damaged by an earthquake last year are due to completed by 2019, according to the Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry.

The 36 pagodas are on the priority list for repairs. At least 20 of them are expected to be repaired by the end of this year, the ministry added.

Source: 36 Bagan pagodas to be repaired by 2019 | Eleven Myanmar

One year after earthquake, Bagan temples see three more years before full recovery

via The Irrawady, 22 August 2017:

Myanmar aims to finish renovation work for quake-affected Bagan temples in the country’s central region by 2020, according to an official from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.

Thursday will mark one year since the powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Aug. 24, centered about 15 miles west of Chauk in Magwe Region.

Out of the 3,252 temples and pagodas across Bagan—located to the north of the epicenter—389 were affected by the tremors and needed renovation, according to the department’s inventory.

Source: Myanmar to Repair Earthquake-Hit Bagan by 2020

249 quake-hit pagodas in Myanmar’s Bagan renovated so far

Xinhua, 06 May 2017

A total of 249 out of the 389 earthquake-hit pagodas in Myanmar’s Bagan city have been renovated so far, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday.

Source: 249 quake-hit pagodas in Myanmar’s Bagan renovated so far – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Frescoes being repaired in Bagan

Eleven Myanmar, 21 April 2017

Thein Lwin, deputy director-general of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library, said: “The frescoes in the Myinkaba cave pagoda are one of the finest from the Bagan era. Thanks to the Unesco [UN cultural body], the frescoes look shinier than they were before. We will clean and take documents of the frescoes. The detailed work can take up to 10 days.”

The earthquake did not affect the frescoes in the cave but the ones in the stupa, a dome-shaped structure, above it.

Kyi Lin, a fresco expert at the department, said: “We worked together with the UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] to maintain the Myinkaba frescoes in 1983. We contracted Unesco in 1975 after a 6.5-magnitude quake hit Bagan in July that year. Then we signed another contract in 1981. Then I went to Italy for six months to study frescoes. There shouldn’t be a gap between the wall and the masonry. You can find it out by knocking the surface of the relief. If a hollow sound returns, you know there is a gap and that it cannot withstand a tremor.”

Source: Frescoes being repaired in Bagan | Eleven Myanmar