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Secretariat to give public greater access for 70th Martyrs’ Day


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.

To mark the 70th anniversary, the public will get more access than in past years to The Secretariat building, including Parliament House, the original home of Myanmar’s government

Visitors will get a glimpse of the Cabinet Meeting Room in The Secretariat’s west wing where the martyrs were assassinated. Unlike last year, the National Museum has loaned the original furniture that was in the room at the time of the assassination. The furniture has never before been on public display.

To show appreciation for the sacrifice of the martyrs through art, the Martyr’s Day Art Exhibition will be opened in the gallery of The Secretariat on July 19. It will feature 40 art works by students aged 10 to 14 who were invited to submit their work in mid-May.

Visiting hours for the public will be from 8:30am till 4:30pm.

Meanwhile, Bogyoke Aung San Museum will be closed from July 10 to 18 to prepare a special exhibition in honour of Martyrs’ Day.

“This year, we will show Bogyoke’s dictums on boards, and we will make other preparations, so we will close the museum for nine days,” said Daw Thi Thi Thaung, who is officer in charge of the museum.

“We will have tight security to handle the crowds of people expected to visit on Martyr’s Day. Bogyoke’s clothes, which have been preserved, will be on display, including the long coat given to him by Indian Chief Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his visit to India,” she said.

“We will also show the personal effects of Bogyoke’s second son, Aung San Lin, including the English lessons he was taught on the day of his death,” she said. Aung San Lin died at age eight, when he drowned in an ornamental lake in the grounds of the house, on January 16, 1953.

Bogyoke Aung San lived in the house from May 1945 until his assassination on July 19, 1947. The museum will be open from 7:30am to 5pm on July 19.