Thai King’s Tomb to Become Historical Park

Thai King tomb

Mickey Heart (right) and members of the Myanmar archeological team at the site of the Thai king’s tomb in Amarapura township on June 29. Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

Thai king’s tomb to become historical park

by By Phyo Wai Kyaw   |   Sunday, 07 July 2013

The tomb of a Thai king who died in Myanmar will be renovated and turned into an historical park, authorities said at a press conference on June 29 that was held in the cemetery where he was buried.

The tomb is the resting place of King Udombhara, who ruled in the 18th century before being captured during the sacking of Ayuthaya. His remains have long been believed to be located in Linn Zin Kone cemetery in Amarapura township, about 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of Mandalay, beside Taungthaman Lake.

Since February a Thai delegation has been working together with Myanmar archaeologists to prove the case and based on new evidence they believe they have hit the spot.After the team discovered “bones and robes in a pot made of glass mosaic embedded in gilding”, they are now “90 percent” sure the grave belongs to the ancient ruler, archaeologist U Win Maung (Tampawaddy) said at the press conference.The Irrawaddy reported that a Thai restoration team is expected to spend more than 100 million baht (US$3.23 million) on the project.

Read the full article in The Myanmar Times here:  Thai King’s Tomb to Become Historical Park

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