Germany to help Myanmar renovate temple in ancient heritage zone

via Xinhua, 25 September 2017:

Germany will help Myanmar renovate the Manuha Cave Temple in Bagan ancient heritage zone in Mandalay region, said a report of the official Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday.

Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in the Bagan cultural zone.

The repair work will begin in January 2018 with the use of German technology, an official of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum was quoted as saying.

Source: Germany to help Myanmar renovate temple in ancient heritage zone – Xinhua |

India cooperates with Myanmar on Bagan restoration

India commits to helping with the restoration and repair of some of the temples in Bagan.

Implementation of the project will further strengthen India’s enduring ties in culture and religion with Myanmar. It will also generate immense goodwill for India among the people of Myanmar due to the religious significance as well as the

Source: Cabinet approves MoU with Myanmar for the Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Pagodas at Bagan | Business Standard News
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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

An international committee to oversee the Bagan restoration

via Myanmar Times, 29 August 2017: This committee will be similar in function to the ICC that oversees the work in Angkor.

An International Coordination Committee comprising foreign professionals will coordinate the renovations of pagodas in Bagan that were damaged in last year’s earthquake.

Speaking at the anniversary of the earthquake forum held in Bagan Museum on August 27, Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko said a pool of experts, both local and foreign, will be involved in the renovation.

“We will organise the International Coordination Committee to protect and maintain the quake-damaged pagodas. Local and foreign professionals from all over the world will contribute,” he said.

Source: Foreign experts to rebuild quake-hit pagodas in Bagan | The Myanmar Times

Stupefied by stupa work

via Bangkok Post, 24 August 2017: An editorial about the Wat Arun restoration, that has drawn criticism of the Thai Fine Arts Department.

The public has been in uproar for more than a week over the restoration of stupas at the iconic Temple of Dawn, a national heritage and landmark tourist destination of the capital.

Source: Stupefied by stupa work | Bangkok Post: opinion

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

New Dawn or Letdown? Iconic Temple Makeover Gets Mixed Reviews (Photos)

via Khaosod English, 19 August 2017: Another discussion of the restoration of Wat Arun in Bangkok, which is receiving mixed reactions. The Fine Arts Department maintains it is following the established guidelines for the restoration of such work, but visitors today complain it is too white and bright than the grey tower they are used to seeing.

BANGKOK — Nopparat Petchchai has watched over the Temple of Dawn for over two decades. The 50-year-old security guard from Uttaradit province, who keeps a close eye on the throngs of mostly Western tourists, said he’s heard the years-long restoration effort of one of Thailand’s most iconic landmarks became controversial once the public got a […]

Source: New Dawn or Letdown? Iconic Temple Makeover Gets Mixed Reviews (Photos)

Fine Arts stands by Wat Arun stupa repair effort

via Bangkok Post, 17 August 2018: The Fine Arts Department of Thailand responds to online criticisms of the restoration work to the iconic Wat Arun in Bangkok.

The Fine Arts Department and the assistant abbot of the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun deny claims the latest restoration of its iconic stupas have diminished the traditional beauty of the structures.

Source: Fine Arts stands by Wat Arun stupa repair effort | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

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50 Bagan pagodas to be restored this year

Myanmar Times, 16 June 2017:

The Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library (Bagan) has identified 50 pagodas that are need of immediate restoration and restoration after carrying out a survey and classification based on the severity of damage on pagodas in the Bagan area.

Source: 50 Bagan pagodas to be restored this year