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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Myanmar Times, 01 June 2017
The preliminary restoration of the damaged Thatbyinnyu temple in Bagan is expected to begin in 2018 with an initial fund of US$1 million from the Chinese government.
The Chinese government granted the fund to implement preliminary emergency restoration of damaged pagodas in Bagan from the earthquake last year.
Thatbyinnyu is one of the worst hit in the first priority group which includes 36 pagodas.
Source: Thatbyinnyu temple to start restoration in 2018
Today, 26 May 2017: The temporary floating causeway to Angkor Wat is officially open to tourists, while the main causeway is being restored over the next few years.
PHNOM PENH — A floating bridge opened for use by foreign tourists and local visitors at Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat on Thursday (May 25), enabling them to reach the ancient temple while the original stone bridge undergoes renovation by Cambodian and Japanese experts.
Source: Floating bridge to Angkor Wat temple opens to foreign tourists | TODAYonline