The government of Japan agreed to provide 48.8 million Yen to help Taxila museum in renovation, preservation of historical antiques and exhibition arrangements. The agreement signing ceremony was held at Ministry of economic affairs.
The Ambassador of Japan Wada Mitsuhiro, Chief of Japan International cooperation Agency, Secretary of ministry of economic affairs Kazim Niaz and other official members were present at the signing occasion. The Taxila museum is located in middle of Gandhara Buddhist ruins in Taxila.
Historical importance of museum
The museum is famous for preserving ancient signs of oldest Indus valley civilization, Buddhism culture and ancient wars history. The grant is signed to help in excavation process. Only 30% of ruins at the site have been excavated yet and remaining is still in process.
The work of excavation was stopped due to insufficient facilities and modern equipment’s required. The artifacts present in the museum were deteriorating, the Japanese government provided the grant to preserve these historical antiques.
This grant will help increasing the capacity of museum and conservation of historical artifacts of Gandhara ruins. It will help in creating the sense of cultural belongings and aims to promote domestic and international tourism. The Japanese representative said that our country know the importance of cultural heritage and emotions attached to it, we are here to support Pakistan in every area.
He added that ancient gandhara ruins are very close to Japanese people and this grant will help in attracting more tourists to this place. Taxila museum has its own cultural identity and significance which we need to preserve for future.
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He further said that we are hoping for good cultural preservation and Taxila museum will contribute to help tourists, researchers, scholars and students who are fond of connecting with the past and appreciate its significance.