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First Ever Ice Museum in Myanmar

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: The first ever ice museum of Myanmar is now opened in Yangon, KanDaw Gyi Botanical Garden, starting from February 25th.  Chief Executive Officer of Asia Myanmar Consortium Development, U Nyein Aung, told The Voice Weekly News Journal that they had invested 1.5 million US Dollar for the first ice statue museum of Myanmar. Admission fees are 5,000 Kyats (about 6 US Dollar) for adults and 3,000 Kyats (about 3.5 US Dollar) for children, told by U Nyein Aung.  “In foreign countries, admission fees are usually about 12 US Dollar, but here, it is only about half the price.  It is worth to visit.” He added.

The admission fees mentioned above are for weekends and it will be 4,000 Kyat (about 5 US Dollar) on weekdays but it is still 3,000 Kyats for the children.  Foreigners will have to pay 10 US Dollar as admission fees. “5,000 Kyats is not bad.  It is truly worth it.  But I think it will be too much for most of the citizens.” told by one of the young men who also want to visit but cannot afford the admission fees.  “Umm, I am also excited to visit the museum.  Admission fees is not that expensive, but as I want to visit together with my family, I have to think about the total cost.” told by one of the housewives.

The museum will be maintained at -10 degree Celsius and currently exhibiting Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Mandalay Mont, Some Chinese fairy tale figures and some widely known cartoon figures as ice statues for children. They were sculptured by 20 Chinese Ice Statue Sculptors from Harbin, China, who have been sculpturing since 1st February till 18th February.  And The Voice Weekly Journal reported that those sculptors will create some new statues from time to time to entertain frequent visitors.

As the outside temperature of Yangon is usually about 30 degree Celsius, there is a buffer room which is maintained at 16 degree Celsius.  Visitors need to stay in a buffer room for 15 minutes before entering the Ice Statues Museum.  There is also a medical doctor in stand by for the elderly and those with heart diseases, told by the on-duty doctor, Dr Thinzar Aung.

This Ice Statue Museum was built in “L” shape and now operating 9 am to 9 pm every day.  The Voice Weekly also reported that there is a place for children to ice skate in the museum.  It is the first Ice Statue Museum in Myanmar and 4th in South East Asia.

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Myanmar charity concert

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Charity Concert Faced Political Challenges in Myanmar

Posted on 20 February 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: One of the famous artists, Saung Oo Hlaing, held a charity show on 17th February.  He had planned to donate all funds received from selling tickets and other individual donations to Free Funeral Service, Student group from 1988 who have been put to jail for demonstration in 1988 election, and some orphanages across Myanmar.  But, sadly, it did not go as planned.  Due to some reports from students group from 1988 and staff from Free Funeral Service, they said they were challenged by government officials.

Ko Phyo Ko Ko from Free Funeral Service reported by email to one of the news blog that the authorities drove them away from the stage show.  “We, about 5 of us from Free Funeral Service, were there to help Ko Saung Oo Hlaing as he had requested.  We reached there about 1 hour earlier and had tea there.  Then the stage manager ordered us to take off our Free Funeral Service uniforms and also asked to put away our car which has Free Funeral Service label on it”, written by Ko Phyo Ko Ko.

He also stated that even the singer, Saung Oo Hlaing, was confronted by the authorities, too. He was asked whether he wanted to continue as he had planned or wanted to leave his stage show with members from Free Funeral Service and students group from 1988.  “We were not wearing offensive outfits but just our everyday uniforms provided by our organization, Free Funeral Service.  It was completely nonsense but we didn’t want Ko Saung Oo Hlaing’s stage show to be spoiled just because of us.  That was why we gave in to change our uniforms and parked our car outside the compound”, mentioned Ko Phyo Ko Ko in his email.

At the same time, students group from 1988 also faced similar challenges.  Most of them are close friends with Saung Oo Hlaing but they were not allowed to present at their stage show, reported by one of the students who is a member of 1988 student group.  The news blog has stated that Saung Oo Hlaing was told by the officials that they would not allow him to perform his stage show if his friends from 1988 student group are present in his stage show.  Even though such prohibition should not be a sign in a country practising democracy, students from 1988 were not present there yesterday as they didn’t want to spoil their close friend’s charity stage show.

Saung Oo Hlaing is one of the members of Free Funeral Service and he planned to donate all money made from his charity stage show to above mentioned organizations.  Even though there were some challenges from government official, online reporters reported that Saung Oo Hlaing charity stage show was accomplished peacefully and successfully.

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