Thein Sein Visits King Thibaw’s Tomb

President Thein Sein became the first leader of Burma to visit the tomb of his country’s last monarch King Thibaw who was exiled to India more than 100 years ago. The former general paid homage at the dilapidated crypt for two hours on Saturday in the western Indian coastal city of Ratnagiri, also meeting with royal descendants. “The meeting was marked by emotion,” a local official told the Press Trust of India news agency. The 67-year-old also invited Thibaw’s remaining family to visit Burma in the near future. Thibaw’s reign ended in 1885 when British colonial forces took over Burma and sent him and his family into exile in Ratnagiri.


2 Responses to Thein Sein Visits King Thibaw’s Tomb

  1. In October 2011, I  visited both King Thibaw’s palace- in- exile and graves (with his daughtes?).  The interior of the palace is in a shambles.  The graves are in disgraceful state.  The growth had enveloped the graves to the extent that I could not even get close to them.  The the gate was locked and a passerby neighbor who lived in one of the apartments near the graves advised: “There is a possibility that venonmous snakes inhabit the area.”  (His advice: Dangerous to get close).  I had wanted to see and photograph the grave stone, but to no available.

    The remains should be exhumed and re-interred in Burma.  His queen Supayalat’s remains should also be exhumed from the cantonment cemetery on Rangoon’s Pagoda Road and re-interred next to Thibaw’s in Mandalay.

    A three-dimensional model of the palace and the compound, should be made and displaced in a museum in Mandalay for posterity.

    Professor U Kyaw Win

  2. President Thein
    Sein should have asked the royal descendants to return home and settle them in
    Burma; it is our history, and these folks are living it; we need to see them –
    not as museum pieces but as human beings with connections.

    President Thein
    Sein should have asked the royal descendants to return home and settle them in
    Burma; it is our history, and these folks are living it; we need to see them –
    not as museum pieces but as human beings with connections.

     

    President Thein
    Sein should have asked the royal descendants to return home and settle them in
    Burma; it is our history, and these folks are living it; we need to see them –
    not as museum pieces but as human beings with connections.

     

     

     

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