Myanmar President Thein Sein Visits the Tomb and Palace of King Thibaw in Ratnagiri
December 23,2012; Ratnagiri:
Myanmar President Thein Sein paid a visit to Tomb and residence of King Thibaw in Ratnagiri(Maharashtra, INDIA). Thibaw was the last King of the Burmese Empire. The king was defeated in 1885 by the British and later exiled along with his family to the small town miles away from Burma. The Royal family's last days passed in such a miserable conditions that citizens of city still shed their eyes.
King arrived in Ratnagiri a small city 350 kilometers away from Mumbai the financial capital of India. It was first time that a President paid a visit to the small city.
President arrived at 9:30 AM at the Ratnagiri Airport. He was accompanied by fleet of minister which included Wunna Maung Lwin- Minister of Foreign Affairs,Than Htay- Ministry of Energy,Wunna Maung Lwin- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maung Myint Minister of Labor and various other VIP personal. He was greeted by the District head and other state ministers .
President Thein Sein first Paid visit to tomb of Princess Hteiksu Myat Phayagyi, King's eldest daughter. He then visited the Tombs of King Thibaw and his Junior Queen Suphayagale where he laid flowers and paid homage. It was for the first time that any Myanmar official visited the Tombs of King and Queen. The witness present their said that the President became emotional at the place.
Later paid visit to Thibaw Palace the residence which was built for the King. After that he met with some of the decedents of King Thibaw who still reside in the city. He gave them gifts and also invited them to visit Burma. He also assured that he will provide all sorts of help to themContinued on the next page