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This year’s Martyrs’ Day on July 19 will mark the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Aung San and six of his cabinet ministers, including his older brother Ba Win, a cabinet secretary and a bodyguard.


The Secretariat building will be opened to the public on Martyrs’ day on 19 July and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the assassination of the martyrs along with Bogyoke Aung San. For the first time the Parliament House, situated within the Secretariat compound and the Cabinet Meeting Room will be opened to the public. The Secretariat’s Conservation Group believed this is the first time the public can access the original Parliament building of Myanmar and the room where the assassination of Bogyoke Aung San and his six cabinet colleagues took place. The original furniture and 28 pieces of exhibit in court that was in the room during the time of the assassination will be borrowed from the National Museum for display to the public. There will be an art exhibition to honor the sacrifice of the Martyrs and a religious ceremony to share merits with the martyrs.

The Parliament House was used as the nation’s parliament from 1935 to 1962 and the early drafts of the country’s constitution were drafted there. When Myanmar first got independence the Union Jack of UK was replaced, and the flag of the Union of Burma was raised for the first time on the flagpole in front of the Parliament House. The Cabinet Meeting Room situated in the Secretariat’s west wing was used by various administrations since 1905 and was also the office of Bogyoke Aung San.


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The Martyrs’ Day Art Exhibition is an event organised to promote appreciation for the sacrifice of the Martyrs through art. The event is targeted at young children as we wish for our next generation to be mindful and appreciative of the sacrifice of our forefathers in nation building. It is important that their legacies are remembered.
The art exhibition is organised by the team being the conservation and preservation of the Secretariat building. It is a team made up of local and international experts in heritage conservation. This event is also supported by the Yangon Regional government, as well as the Australian Embassy to Myanmar.
Children between the ages of 10 to 14 in Yangon are welcome to join the art exhibition.
Entries will be judged based on creativity, interpretation of Martyrs’ Day and the overall aesthetics. Art works should express the artists’ interpretation of Martyrs’ Day and what it means to them. Participants are free to choose the medium for their works. We accept paintings in watercolour, pencils and crayons etc.
Submitted art works will be judged by five experts from the Ministry of Education, History Department, Ministry of Arts and Culture, a veteran local artist and a representative of the Secretariat project.
The winner will receive a cash prize of 300,000 kyats, the first runner-up will receive a cash prize of 200,000 Kyats while the second runner-up will receive a cash prize of 100,000 Kyats. The rest of the shortlisted entries will receive a consolation prize. All participants will receive a certificate.
Art pieces can be submitted in A4-size to the Secretariat by 5pm on 24th June 2017. All participants have to provide their names, age, address and contact details of their parents or guardians.
Shortlisted art works will be displayed in a gallery at the Secretariat on Martyrs’ Day. The public will be invited to view the artwork on display. We will also display the shortlisted art pieces on The Secretariat project’s Facebook page and other relevant digital platforms.