Published on Monday, 24 June 2013 01:28
The stone inscription from Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay has been included in the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
Situated inside the grounds of the Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of the Mandalay Hill, the Stone Inscription or the world's largest book is a collection of 729 stone slabs on which Buddhist scriptures have been inscribed under King Mindon's instruction in the 18th century.
"On the UNESCO's website, we saw that [the Stone Inscription] has been included, but we still haven't receiving any notifications from them," said an official from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.
The list also includes 53 new additions including the Pages of Testimony designed by Yad Vashem to commemorate some of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, rare manuscripts from Nepal, and a collection of life and work of Ernesto Che Guevara.
According to the UNESCO's news release, it was the first time items from Israel, Myanmar, and Nepal were added to the list.
These items were selected on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from among 84 petitions submitted for selection by 54 countries and the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS), according to the news release.
Established in 1992, the Memory of the World Programme aims to counter the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world, according to UNESCO’s website.
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