Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bogyoke Aung San statue ends Magwe tour

Welcome home, Bogyoke. The 10-foot-tall bronze statue of General Aung San has now reached its destination. On February 8, heralded by more than 10,000 residents, the image arrived on schedule in Taung-dwingyi, Magwe Region, where it is to be installed in Martyrs’ Square.

Men take part in a procession to mark the arrival of a statue of Bogyoke Aung San in Taungdwingyi on February 8. Photo: Nay Aung / The Myanmar TimesMen take part in a procession to mark the arrival of a statue of Bogyoke Aung San in Taungdwingyi on February 8. Photo: Nay Aung / The Myanmar Times

The final stage of its journey, from Mandalay where it was cast, took the statue through the general’s birthplace in nearby Natmauk.

“They were cheering all the way. Students came out of class to line the streets, bowing and paying their respects to Bogyoke. People dressed in royal costumes, and there were drummers,” said organising committee member Ko Kyaw Kyaw Aung.

The 627-kilogram (1382-pound) statue, accompanied by statues of eight others assassinated with him in 1947, will be emplaced at an official ceremony on February 13, the 101st anniversary of Bogyoke’s birth.


Translation by Kyawt Darly Lin