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US provides extra $300,000 for monastery restoration work
Source : Myanmar Times View Count : 210
Nov 15, 2019
The United States government has provided an additional US$300,000 for conservation work at Shwe Nan Daw monastery in Mandalay Region, bringing the total amount donated by the US to the project to $1.1 million.

A US Embassy statement on November 8 said the additional $300,000 was provided by the Department of State’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

“US support for the conservation work on this historic monastery will help ensure that local communities benefit and visitors can continue to appreciate this important cultural site,” US Ambassador Scot Marciel said.

The conservation work on the monastery started in 2014 with support from the US Ambassadors Fund, the World Monuments Fund, and the Mandalay government.

The work includes improving the drainage of the monastery, repairing the stairs, replacing teak with ironwood while retaining the original form, and conserving or replacing artwork.

Restoration work on the verandas on the southern side has been completed, and work has started on the eastern side.

Shwe Nan Daw is the best example of a Konbaung-era monastery with 19th century Myanmar architecture. According to historical records, it was constructed at a cost of 120,000 rupees.

The monastery is supported by 150 pillars and has 42 columns engraved with ancient figures. It is different from other ancient monasteries because it has a three-tiered roof, according to archaeology records. The monastery’s pillars, which were covered in gold leaf, were damaged by extensive touching, white ants and rain. The floor has also been damaged by Mandalay’s hot and dry weather, architects said.

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