Friday, August 18, 2017

Ananda Pagoda renovation to be completed next year

The renovation of the famous Ananda Pagoda in Bagan is scheduled to be completed early next year, with 90 percent of the repair works already done, a senior official from the Mandalay’s archeology department said.

Pilgrims walk inside the famous Ananda Pagoda compound in Bagan last May. Maung Zaw/The Myanmar TimesPilgrims walk inside the famous Ananda Pagoda compound in Bagan last May. Maung Zaw/The Myanmar Times

“The Ananda Pagoda renovation is going to be completed. All major works have been finished. It will be completed next year. We can say it is over 90pc completed,” said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay).

The renovation of the Pagoda is being undertaken by Indian experts from the Archaeological Survey of India, U Aung Aung Kyaw added.

Completed works include the installation of a water proof system in upper precinct, mending of terraces, recovering ancient murals by stripping off lime from internal walls, removing moss from exterior and walls and constructing a small garden inside the pagoda according to the records.

“The remaining works are rechecking the completed works and aligning the floor on pagoda platform. It is not much,” U Aung Aung Kyaw said.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to renovate the Ananda Pagoda was signed between India and Myanmar governments and the renovation started in 2012-2013.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017-2018 fiscal year. The cost of the six-year project is US$3.2 million (K4.35 billion) and was borne by the Indian government, according to U Aung Aung Kyaw.