The Irrawaddy
[gallery type="slideshow" ids="104178,104179,104180,104181,104182,104183,104184,104185,104186,104187,104188,104189"] NAYPYIDAW — Gifts that President Thein Sein has received from a number of foreign countries are among the items showcased at the National Museum in Burma’s capital Naypyidaw. The National Museum–Naypyidaw also now houses the ballpoint pens that were used to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement between the government and eight of Burma’s ethnic armed groups on Oct. 15, 2015. Also on offer is the typewriter used by Dr. Maung Maung, who served a brief stint as Burma’s president from Aug. 19, 1988, to Sept. 19, 1988. The museum has seven rooms showcasing presents that Thein Sein has received from foreign countries, and artifacts and fossils from Burma’s pre-history, early recorded history and modern history, as well as works of Burmese arts. There are plans on the books to add more showrooms to the museum complex. The National Museum–Naypyidaw is administered by the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library under the Ministry of Culture, and was opened to the public in July of last year.

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