Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage

via Xinhua, 21 Feb 2018:

Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, Germany will provide technical aid to conduct a project of conserving the Nanpaya Temple, one of the 389 pagodas destroyed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 in 2016.

A training program for maintaining and preserving murals in the Narathihapate Pagoda will also be carried out, the MoU said.

Source: Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage | Xinhua

US team offers to help with Bagan murals

via Myanmar Times, 16 Feb 2018

A team of US experts could assist with the preservation of ancient pagodas and buildings in Bagan noted for their murals, U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday.

Source: US team offers to help with Bagan murals

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

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

Korean NGO to restore UNESCO heritage site in Cambodia

via Yonhap, 17 January 2018: Korean team to help restore the Terrace of Elephants in Angkor Thom

A South Korean non-profit organization will help Cambodia fix an ancient terrace inside a UNESCO heritage site, the group said Wednesday.

Source: Korean NGO to restore UNESCO heritage site in Cambodia

Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

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

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

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