Gov’t opens tender for renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace

Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace in Mandalay

MANDALAY – The Ministry of Culture has invited tenders for a major renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, according to the Archaeological Research and National Museum Department in Mandalay.

This is the second tender for the renovation of the palace. The first tender was opened in 2013.

In July 2013, the Ministry of Culture handed over the palace to the Mandalay Regional Government Committee in Naypyitaw with the aim of maintaining of its cultural heritage.

The palace was then handed over to the culture ministry in December 2014 by the Mandalay Regional Government Committee because the latter had no budget for renovation tasks.

“The Ministry of Culture opened a tender for the renovation of the Mya Nan San Kyaw golden palace. After inviting applicants, we are going to carry out major renovation tasks on the main buildings in the palace. In the past, we carried out minor maintenance in the palace under the department’s budget,” said Nyo Myint Tun, Assistant Director of the Archaeological Research and National Museum Department in Mandalay.

Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace, or the Golden Palace, was built between 1857 and 1859, and it served as the royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of Burma. It ceased to be a royal residence and seat of government in 1885, when British forces entered the palace and captured the royal family.

Visitors can present identification cards in order to gain entry into the palace.