US-based institute to initiate Bagan conservation project in January

The Getty Conservation Institute announced its 10-years conservation project which is scheduled to begin in January next year in Bagan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Myanmar.

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A delegation led by Director of Getty Conservation Institute Mr. Tim Whalen John and officials from Department of Archaeology and National Museum pose for a photo in Bagan.Photo: MNA

The project announcement ceremony yesterday morning was held at Myin-Pya-Gu Temple, with the opening remarks of Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min and Mandalay Region government’s Minister for Planning and Finance U Myat Thu.
Mr. Tim Whalen John, the Director of Getty Conservation Institute, also explained action plans under the Getty Conservation Project for Bagan. After the project announcement ceremony, the invited guests observed the inside of Myin- Pya- Gu Temple.
The Getty Conservation Institute based in Los Angeles of California will begin a long-term commitment in Bagan to conserve and protect ancient cultural heritages in coordination with the Department of Archaeology and National Museum under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. The project will include a number of case studies in collecting information about future conservation efforts in Bagan and elsewhere, while it will start at Myin- Pya –Gu, an expensive and picturesque temple, which was closed to the public for many years due to conservation concerns. Under this project, the Getty Conservation Institute will provide training for international best practices to support the Department of Archaeology and National Museum and capacity building for its staff.— MNA

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