November 23, 2015 by Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit
MANDALAY, 23 November 2015: Myanmar Ministry of Culture’s Archaeology and National Museum is collaborating with Sydney University’s Buddhist Studies Programme in Australia to restore stone inscriptions at Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the collaboration started since the beginning of the year.
According to Archaeology and National Museum’s Mandalay branch, technicians and experts are undertaking preservation works of stone plaques and pagodas, taking photo records, translating stone inscriptions from Pali-Myanmar to English and publishing academic articles about the stones and inscriptions.
Translation and publishing are being carried out by Sydney University.
The stone plaques depict Myanmar as it was in the 19th century as well as cultural aspects related to the Buddhist faith.
Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as Maha Lawkamarazein Pagoda) was built by King Mindon in 1859. The pagoda, enclosed by high walls, was a repository for 729 stone plaques on Buddhist Pitaka.
The Buddhist stupa lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill contains the world’s largest book.
In 2013, the stone plaques from Kuthodaw Pagoda were included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.