Cultural Museum (Taunggyi)



Cultural Museum ( Taunggyi) is situated on the Bogyoke Aung San road at the Forest ward in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. At first, it was organized as the Shan state Cultural Department and exhibited some cultural objects at the Shan state office on 27th June, 1956. According to the new administration system of 1974, it was transferred to the Fine Arts Department and it was inaugurated as the Cultural Museum at the present building on 11th May, 1974. So the 60 years old objects are displayed in the over forty year old museum. This museum is one of the cultural museums under the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

It is two storied brick building and the display area is about 11200 square feet. There are four exhibition rooms; exhibition room (1), exhibition room (2), exhibition room (3) and exhibition room (4).Altogether 880 artifacts are showcasing in the exhibition rooms.

In the reception hall, the map of Shan State (10'x10') is displayed. The Shan State is the largest state existed in the east of Myanmar and it is divided into three parts such as east, south and north.

 Exhibition room (1) and exhibition room (2) are in the ground floor. In the exhibition room (1), the traditional costumes and the traditional instruments of Shan Nationalities are displayed. In Shan State, over 30 Shan nationalities are still living and they have their own different cultures. The Shan Nationalities have their Intangible Cultural Heritage such as the traditional arts and crafts. Those arts and crafts such as weaving, lacquer wares, glazed wares and traditional Shan paper are displayed associate with the explanation texts in the exhibition room (2).


Exhibition room (3) and exhibition room (4) are on the first floor. In the exhibition room (3), it is shown about the Pinlon agreement, the most important event not only in Shan State but also in the whole Myanmar country. On 12th February, 1947, the Pinlon agreement leading by General Aung San had been signed by the Nationalities of Myanmar in Pinlon, Shan State due to reveal the desire of all Myanmar Nationalities to get the Independence altogether from British. The huge oil painting (5'x8') illustrated the signing of Pinlon agreement, the copy of Agreement and the photos of the leaders of Nationalities who signed in the agreement, attached with their biography are displayed. Moreover, the paintings illustrated the traditional cultures of Nationalities are also displayed colorful.

Exhibition room (4) showcased about the literature of Shan nationality such as palm leaves manuscripts and paper parchments. The photos of the Shan poets are also displayed together with their biography. Besides, it is also displayed to show that the Shan nationalities believe in Buddhism by showcasing the Buddha images made of bronze, wooden, lacquer and clay. And the traditional utensils used in the monasteries for offering the alms food are exhibited. It can reflect that the Shan nationalities deeply believe in the Buddhism. Moreover, the ancient artifacts that can identify the periods flourished in the Shan state are exhibited.

 In the Cultural Museum (Taunggyi), 808 display objects are exhibited in the four exhibition rooms and totally 4108 display objects are collected.

 The Cultural Museum ( Taunggyi) is striving to safe guard both the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Tangible Cultural Heritage of Shan Nationalities and to be a knowledge center of the Shan Cultural Heritage.





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