Mandalay palace to be restored

MANDALAY, 3 April 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture has invited tenders to undertake a major renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace in Mandalay.

Eleven Myanmar media reported that this is the second tender for the renovation of the palace. The first tender was opened in 2013, but finalised.

In July 2013, the Ministry of Culture handed over the palace to the Mandalay Regional Government Committee in Nay Pyi Taw.

The palace was then handed over last December, to the culture ministry because the ministry had financial resources to carry out restoration.

Mandalay’s Archaeological Research and National Museum Department assistant director, Nyo Myint Tun, said the Ministry of Culture has now opened a tender for the renovation of the Mya Nan San Kyaw golden palace.

“We are going to carry out restoration on the main buildings and the palace. In the past, we carried out only minor maintenance.”

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 and razed the city to the ground.

Source: TTR Weekly

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