Project Background

The Magway Division is a region rich in ancient heritage in Myanmar. The regional government has worked with good intentions to ensure the long-term sustainability of these rich heritages. At the beginning of 2020, under the guidance of the Prime Minister of Magway, Dr. Aung Moe Nyo, a meeting was held with Myanmar Archaeology Association, officials from the Ministry of Culture, and members of the regional government at the Magway Government Office. After the meeting, we conducted a field trip to some of the heritage areas in Magway. Among the areas that were surveyed, the ancient buildings in Aung Nan area were chosen to start preservation. In the selected area of Aung Nan village, the archaeological research and inventory work was started in 2020. Due to travel restrictions during the Covid-19 period, the work was delayed, but in January 2021, we were able to complete the first phase of the inventory of ancient buildings in Aung Nan village as much as possible.


Aung Nan Heritage Region

Aung Nan village is situated on the left side of Yesagyo-Lin Ga Daw road, near Yesagyo Township, Pakokku District, Magwe, Myanmar. Aung Nan Village is located 13.5 Km (8.4 mile) far from north of the ancient Pakhangyi old city and it is distanced about 9.3 km (5.7 mile) from Yesagyo Township. Its coordinate point is 21.6507188, 95.1506406 and the average temperature is 92.26 ° F in the dry zone and the average rainfall is 24.92 inches. This name of village was newly called since 1999s. Regionally, it was also known as Chaung Zone Nge - the confluence of water routes - and Ywa Nge - the little village in previous time before 1999s.

Aung Nan or Chaung Zone Nge village was the one village among five villages (Thapyae Nga Ywa) given to the Royal Minister U Kaung (Kinwun Minkri U kaung 1822-1908) by King Mindon in 1218 ME (1856 CE). U Kaung (Kinwun Minkri U kaung) composed the Tainduka ballad by the order of King Mindon (1808-1878). The King Mindon satisfied his ballad and thus promoted to his designation and awarded Thapyae Nga Ywa where situated on the north part of Pa Khan Gyi region to U Kaung.

In Aung Nan heritage zone, the architecture of the temples includes structures in brick and in local sandstone, with beautifully rendered floral designs in stucco and on mural hsin-swe (elephant tusk) style paintings, behind the main image of the Buddha, and on the interior with the 28 previous Buddhas. Artists included the sons of Saya Chone with some paintings inscribed by the artist with the value and a blessing. Some of the lion statues are auspiciously carved at the entrance of pagodas, and a female manussiha was also found. The material evidence of patronage by wealthy merchants and farmers is seen in the paintings and bells, some inscribed with astrological verses related to specific planetary constellations between 1861 to 1927 CE. Almost of the religious edifices in Aung Nan Village was built during the Kone Baung period. Some temple and stupa may earlier than Kone Baung period but they are already renovated by local donors. The rich architecture of the almost one hundred temples at Aung Nan is thus for the first time given an historical context and rationale. When we make the full inventory, we listed 90 monuments in Aung Nan village. These are Stupa, Temple, Sima (Thein) and wooden rest houses (Zayat).

Credits

Archaeological inventory data, including photographic materials, used in this visualization is recorded, compiled and prepared by Dr. Htet Htet Hlaing and archaeologists of Myanmar Archaeology Association. Drone footages and derived photogrammetric 3D models, hydrology analysis, 360 panoramic photos as well as this web 3D visualization platform development are works of Yangon Binärhaus team. Special thanks go to Sai Paing Thet Phyo for his additional contributions to GIS digitizing works.

CesiumJS and Cesium Ion are used for 3D scene visualization and 3D data hosting. Cesium team and its community have been a great support in the development of this website. Further credits go to developer teams and communities of Hugin (for panoramic photostiching), Panellum (for panoramic viewer), Mobile Detect, QGIS software and realcentroid plugin.

Team Members


Dr. Htet Htet Hlaing

Professor, Architecture

West Yangon Technology University

Kyaw Swar Oo

Vice Chairman

Myanmar Archaeology Association

Soe Win Naing

Treasurer

Myanmar Archaeology Association

Thu Ya Aung

Secretary

Myanmar Archaeology Association

Sai Paing Thet Phyo

CEC Member

Myanmar Archaeology Association

Cho Zin Thet

Surveyor

Yangon Binärhaus

Nyi Nyi Nyan Lin

Survey Team Lead

Yangon Binärhaus

Aung Bhone Pyae

UAV Pilot

Yangon Binärhaus

Hein Htet Wai Yan

UAV Pilot

Yangon Binärhaus

Zwe Zaw Zaw

Surveyor

Yangon Binärhaus

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. Here you can enjoy the interactive 3D visualization along with archaeological data and backgrounds of Aung Nan heritage site located in Yesagyo, Myanmar. This is a collaborative work between Myanmar Archaeology Association and Yangon Binärhaus team.


Layers

Multiple data layers presenting different information and forms of media can be selected by clicking on the dropdown box. Selecting an item will bring up corresponding layers and visualization. Selecting "None" will remove all layer visualizations leaving only 3D scene behind.


Buildings

This layer presents archaeological buildings and objects recorded during the survey. A building is interactable if it is highlighted with a purple box which upon hovering will display a change in height and color of the box. When the building is in focus like this, details about this building can be explored by clicking on the box which will bring out an information box.


Hydrology

This layer presents watershed areas and potential rainwater flow paths through the area. Watershed areas are distinguished with different random colors. Rainwater flow paths are presented as a network of streams with blue line segments as originating paths and red line segments as the final converging path of all upstreams.


Photosphere

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Places of Interest

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