Photo exhibition to support UNESCO campaigns at the archaeological site of Mrauk U

A photo exhibition at Mrauk-U titled ‘Anetgha Shwe Myae’ is expected to support campaigns for the archaeological site of Mrauk U to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

U Kyi Khin, Director of Mrauk U Archaeological Research Center, speaking to Narinjara News, informed that the event was held at a venue near Andaw Thein Pagoda from April 22-24.

“We had organized the exhibition as part of our campaigns for the archaeological site of Mrauk U to receive the label of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exhibition aimed to show the importance of the historical ruins not only for the people of Rakhine State, but all over the world,” he added.

Photographer Thurin Soe said he was happy to participate in the exhibition. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit some of my photographs. I hope Mrauk U will finally get the international recognition it deserves,” he added.

Organized by the Ministry of Religion and Culture of the Military Council and Rakhine State Council, the exhibition featured 125 photographs by 124 photographers from Mrauk-U locality.

The final proposal to the UNESCO authority was already sent on December 30, 2021. Now, a UNESCO delegation is visiting the site in 2023, the officials of the archaeological department of Mrauk U informed.

On April 2, a number of government departments embarked on the garbage collection process in Mrauk U township as part of the UNESCO heritage campaign.

Mrauk U was founded by the great Arakanese king Min Saw Mon in 1430 AD. It was invaded in 1784 by the Burmese King Botaw U Win. Existing for more than 350 years, Mrauk U has a rich potential to gain UNESCO recognition.

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