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Lighting struck the Bu Pagoda, but the damage was not much. The pagoda will be fixed within a week.

Lighting struck the Bu Pagoda, but the damage was not much. The pagoda will be fixed within a week.

In Bagan, an ancient cultural area in Nyaung Oo Township, it rained yesterday night, and the Bu Pagoda was damaged by lightning, but some archaeologists said that it would be repaired within a week.


"Yesterday, we thought it was going to rain all day, but it started at around 9:00 p.m. It didn't rain too much, but there was lightning. When I arrived in the morning, I found out that lightning had hit the Bu Pagoda. It hit the riverbank. Because the Pagoda is golden, cracks appeared," said a local.

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in the old city of Bagan, the famous Bagan Pagoda has been struck by lightning for the first time.


An archeologist wrote on social media that due to such a lightning strike, two one and a half inch holes appeared around the body of the pagoda, which looked like a filter mesh.

It is also written that the two holes, which are about 2 centimeters and half an inch in size, are being instructed by the Buddhist monk to carry out repair work and are in the process of being presented to the archeology headquarters.

In addition, He said that there was only minor damage, such as the top part of the pagoda, the temple's Sein Phut, lotus flower. It was bent about six inches and the brass bells hanging around the temple were broken.


The archeologist said that the repair of the thunderbolt pagoda will start today, June 7th, and will be completed within a week.

The Department of Archeology and National Museum installed lightning protection systems in ancient pagodas in the Bagan area in the 1980s and 1990s, but it has not been installed since then, another archaeologist wrote on his social media.

The Pagoda Pagoda was built by Pyu Saw Htee, the third king of the Bagan dynasty, and the stone where the pagoda is enshrined is considered to have the shape of a fruit. Now, it is no longer seen as a pagoda built during Pyu Saw Htee's time, but historical records say that it is a pagoda that has been modified and decorated with mirrors and gold.

In Bagan, a World Heritage Site, due to the Mocha typhoon that hit on May 14th, the walls of 10 or more ancient temples collapsed, and some stupas were also submerged in water.


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