The Myanmar Times
Friday, 19 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Pagoda trustees aim to increase museum visitors

A new walkway connecting Shwedagon’s Buddhism museum to the pagoda’s main platform is under construction at the revered site, an official from the pagoda’s board of trustees said last week.

U Win Kyaing said the platform would enable pilgrims to visit the museum more easily and will be completed within a year.

The museum opened on July 14, 1992 and displays paintings and other art related to Buddhist culture, welcoming about 2000 visitors a day.

But U Win Kyaing said most visitors to Shwedagon do not even know the museum exists because it is some distance from the main pagoda platform.

“The museum is isolated in the western precinct although it has items and decorations that will likely attract pilgrims. We think the new platform direct from the pagoda would help people visit more easily,” he said.

As well as building the platform, the project will see the museum facilities upgraded and landscaping carried out in the vicinity of the building.

The board has already placed a sandstone Buddha image donated by the Indian government in the western precinct of the pagoda and also plans to place a 2.5-tonne bell donated by a Buddhist association from the United States in the area.

“There are so many places to learn about Buddhist culture at Shwedagon but we need to make them more attractive for pilgrims,” U Win Kyaing said.