UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

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via Jakarta Post, 20 January 2018: Some disagreement over a plan to reinstall the chattra or symbolic umbrella on top of Borobudur.

The University of Indonesia’s (UI) archaeology professor, Agus Aris Munandar, said there needed to be a thorough study prior to restoring the chattra (an umbrella-shaped form symbol usually placed atop religious symbols in Buddhism and Hinduism) on the top of the main Yasthi stupa at Borobudur temple.

Source: UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

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via Bangkok Post, 24 November 2017:

CHACHOENGSAO: A local fine arts agency defended the restoration of an ancient city wall built in the reign of King Rama III in Muang district, saying the maintenance costing more than 9 million baht was conducted with materials similar to those used in the bygone era.

Source: Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

Germany to help Myanmar renovate temple in ancient heritage zone

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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 | English.news.cn

India cooperates with Myanmar on Bagan restoration

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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

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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

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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

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

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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