Myanmar heritage items under threat: Union Minister

The Union Minister of Religion and Culture Thura Aung Ko said much of Myanmar’s cultural heritage has been stolen and illegally sold.
The minister met with the Norwegian Foreign Minister HE Mr Børge Brende on July 6 in Nay Pyi Taw during an event where an ancient Buddha statue from the Konebaung era was transferred from Norway to Myanmar. The statue was discovered in Norway in 2011.
The Buddha statue will be put on display in the national museum.
Thura Aung Ko said: “Myanmar has many pagodas, temples, and religious buildings. Nowadays, many countries are facing illegal trading of national traditional antiques.”
He added that the Myanmar government has been enforcing the law and the bylaws for preserving antiques since 2015. The law prescribes serious action against illegally transferring, exporting or moving traditional heritage items to foreign countries.