36 Bagan pagodas to be repaired by 2019

Ko Naw
Repairs are conducted on the Narathihapate Pagoda.

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.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck 25 kilometres west of Chauk Township in Magway Region on August 24, 2016, and damaged hundreds of historic pagodas and religious buildings in Bagan, Mandalay Region.

Soe Soe Lin, deputy director of the Archaeology, National Museum and Library Department, said: “After the quake, we managed to collect assessments of the damaged pagodas with the help of civilians and UNESCO [the UN cultural body]. The repairs must be done systematically, so we have provided masonry training.”

There are 53 pagodas on the second priority list and 300 on the third, Soe Soe Lin added.

Translated by Nay Thiha