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Hotels provide business lifeline for Bagan lacquer tradesman during rainy season

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, July 21 – a dearth of foreign visitors to Mandalay and Bagan this rainy season has forced lacquer ware sellers to rely solely on a trade with hotels, say Bagan lacquer shopkeepers. Hotels are now reportedly utilizing lacquer ware products for more than just aesthetic charm, employing them in the serving of food and beverages. “We’re …

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French archaeologists called to restore Nyaung Shwe’s Hawnan

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, July 20 – French experts have been called to join forces with the Department of Archaeology as part of a concerted effort to restore the Hawnan, the erstwhile residence of a Shan Chieftain located in Shan State’s Nyaung Shwe Township, which has since been opened as a Museum to Buddhism, according to the Ministry of Hotels …

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Traditional Myanmar martial arts classes prove popular with children

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, April 27 – there has been an increase in the number of parents sending their children to traditional Myanmar martial arts clubs, according to Insein Traditional Myanmar Martial Art Club, a subordinated organization under the Ministry of Sports. There are over 20 trainees at the Insein Myanmar Martial Arts Club, among whom 7 are aged over 10 years old. “Most of the trainees who attend last …

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Over 1,000 cattle drawn carts descend on Shwe Nat Taung pagoda festival

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Myitmakha News Agency Pyay, March 24 – in a bid to keep traditional customs alive, villagers from the surrounding area to the Shwe Nat Taung pagoda festival, located in the western Bago Region township of Shwetaung, have arrived en-masse with there cattle drawn carts, with the number of cattle carts in attendance totaling over one thousand. The aforementioned pagoda festival …

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Ancient Rakhine cultural heritage smuggled off aboard

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Myitmakha News Agency Mrauk U, February 16 – archaeologists have voiced concerns over the weaknesses of conservation efforts towards ancient cultural heritage in Rakhine State as it is being smuggled off aboard. “The ancient elephant statues in Mrauk U are being smuggled out of the country. People had chiselled out these enshrined relics and smuggled them off. One of the …

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Tourists flock to century old Sawbwas’ monastery in Nyaung Shwe

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Myitmakha News Agency Nyaung Shwe, January 25 – there has been a surge in the numbers of world travellers visiting the famous century old Sawbwas’ monastic chambers located in the southern Shan State township of Nyaung Shwe. “Foreigners are coming here everyday. The monastery is over a century old. People fast on top of the mountain every full moon day. Different …

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Bagan restorations to be completed in Feb 2016

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Myitmakha News Agency   Yangon, January 18 – the Ancient Research and National Museum Department of the Ministry of Cultural has made it known that the restorations to some of Bagan pagodas will be completed during the month of February 2016 with an emergency fund from UNESCO.   UNESCO assisted with an emergency fund totalling $30,000 to restore the weather …

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Myanmar traditional handicrafts pushed aside by plastic substitutes

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, January 18 – the substitution of lacquer ware, pots and bamboo handicrafts for decorative households items made of plastic could potentially see the disappearance of a traditional handicraft industry say Myanmar craftsmen, who have recommended the government take required action to prevent such a predicted conclusion from becoming a reality. “The Ministry of Cultural must provide financial …

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Inventory of Bagan’s pagodas firmly underway

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, January 18 – an inventory of pagodas that make up two zones of Bagan has been completed in order for Bagan to be included on the list of World Heritage sites, according to the Ancient Research and National Museum Department of the Ministry of Cultural. Bagan was been demarcated into eleven zones during July of 2015 …

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Myanmar to host Asian championship cane ball competition

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Myitmakha Media Agency  the Myanmar Cane Ball Federation has made it known that Myanmar will host the coming Asian cane ball championship competition on February 16 – 19 of 2016, in the ground of a famous temple in the ancient royal capital of Mandalay. U Pyay Soe Myint, the MCBF’s joint secretary of foreign affairs stated, “This will be the …

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