BAGAN, 3 September 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture has proposed that Kyaukse township’s Tamote Shin Pin Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda be listed as an ancient heritage site.
A Myanmar Times report quoted Mandalay’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library director, U Nyo Myint Htun, saying the nomination was waiting approval from the Union Attorney General’s Office in Nay Pyi Taw.
“Listing would require the consent of other government ministries, but would have significant tourism-related benefits.”
Tamote Shin Pin Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda was built during the reign of King Anawrahta of Bagan (1044 to 1077).
It was one of nine pagodas outside the ancient city that identifies the extent of the Bagan empire’s boundaries. Despite its distance from Bagan, it displays the characteristic masonry and wall paintings of the period.
However, for many years its existence remained a mystery, but in 1993 some traces of an ancient brick structure were detected at the foot of a hill, that led to excavations in 2008 to reveal the remains of an ancient pagoda.
According to the department, Myanmar’s ancient heritage sites include: Tharray Khit Tara Ancient Pyu City; Beikthano Ancient Pyu City; Hanlin Ancient Pyu City; Maimao Ancient City; Tagaung Ancient City; Twantay; Nay Pyi Taw, Pyinmana; Excavation Glazed Kiln Site; Arimadanapura Royal Palace in Bagan; Kambawzathadi Royal Palace in Bago; Shwebonyadana Mingalar Royal Palace in Shwebo; and Myanansankyaw Royal Palace in Mandalay.
In Bagan, ancient monuments have been identified: Ananda Temple; Dhammayangyi Temple; Thatbyinnyu Temple; Lawkananda Pagoda; Tuyintaung Pagoda; Shwezigon Pagoda and Tantkyitaung Pagoda.