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UNESCO decision soon on ancient bell
Sep 12, 2017 Source : Myanmar Times
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The Bayintnaung bell inscription of Bagan’s Shwezigon pagoda has been submitted to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) heritage list. U Myint Zaw, director of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, said the final decision should be made this month.
        “The results will be announced this month at a UNESCO meeting. The exact date of that meeting is still undisclosed,” U Myint Zaw said.
        The Bayintnaung bell was cast with 2100 bowls of brass. It was donated by the King Bayintnaung in Myanmar Era 919 (1557 AD).
        The inscriptions on the bell record the events of his reign in Myanmar, Mon and Pali languages, one official from the ministry said.
        It was submitted to the UNESCO cultural heritage list in May 2016 and all details about that inscription have been verified and approved, he added.
        “If it is accepted as UNESCO’s heritage, it may attract more tourists. Its presence in Bagan is also an advantage as Bagan is already a tourist destination. The more cultural heritage sites, the better for the country,” he said.

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