Locals Unhappy About Ancient Pagoda's Golden Facelift
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Locals Unhappy About Ancient Pagoda's Golden Facelift

By NA YEE LIN LATT Friday, March 11, 2011

Yaza Mani Sula Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda in Sagaing Division (Photo: chitkyiaye.com)
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“But what's happening at Yaza Mani Sula Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda, which is much larger, is incomparably worse,” he said.

Burmese architect and designer Aung Myint said that while the golden color of Rangoon's famous Shwedagon Pagoda looks graceful against the blue background of the sky and the dark green of the surrounding hills, the whiteness of the Yaza Mani Sula Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda has its own elegance set against Sagaing Hill.

“The ancient wooden architecture of Naung-U and Shwezigon Pagoda were also pleasing to the eye, but now their charm is gone because they have been painted gold,” he added.

Bu Pagoda, on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in Pagan, has met a similar fate, and no longer looks like the ancient work of architecture it is because it, too, has been covered with gold paint to satisfy the tastes of the ruling generals.

To add insult to injury, say purists, the generals insist on inscribing their names on every ancient pagoda they have taken the liberty of retouching to demonstrate their misguided sense of patronage.

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PB Publico Wrote:
Once gilding of the Kaung Hmu Daw is completed, the pagoda will be mistaken for the dome of an Islamic mosque by foreign tourists.
Some Burmese from other parts of the country visiting Sagaing for tghe first time would probably take it for a Bali too.

Kerry Wrote:
What further insanity is this?

moe Wrote:
I am out of word to express the stupidity, ignorance and ridiculousness of Than Shwe and his wife and those who are following their orders.... they are ruining our country,livelihood of the people,historical values ....and for that they will pay for it .. either in their life time or in next life (in hell)... they should accept there's no way out .. they cannot bribe their way out of hell!

Salai Lairam Wrote:
This is ridiculous! I wish Than Shwe watch National Geographic Channel and learn something from it. The old Senior General knows how to shoot and torture,but lack of the knowledge of how to cherish ancient artwork, traditional and archeological heritages.

Sai Lin Wrote:
Than Shwe and Kyaing Kyaing won't be touch if they know nothing can be save them from going to hell. I must tell Than Shwe and Kyaing Kyaing truth even Buddha Phaya can not be save them from hell if Buddha Phaya was alive today.

Moe Aung Wrote:
It would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

All this obsession with Mickey Mouse gold (disco gold as locals call it) is a very apt reflection on what these generals are - fake.

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