King Theba(w), who moved into the palace on November 13, 1910, spent the rest of his life in exile and died in the palace at Ratnagiri. . He even died inside the Palace.
None of his family members are alive now. The palace was later converted into the official residence of the collector in the post-independence period. In 1994, the Myanmar government wrote to the Centre and the state government requesting proper conservation of the historic monument.
The department was allotted a portion of the palace after the government declared it a protected monument. A Mumbai University wing functioned from the remaining portion. This portion was handed over to the department two years ago.
The department has now initiated restoration work.
While the renovation work (painting, waterproofing, etc) is under way, the department officials have plans to initiate a museum with exhibits on Maratha, European and Moghul warships, ancient sculptures, and local Konkani art. Bhalchandra Kulkarni, curator, regional museums, said, “Separate galleries will be set up for each category.” Kulkarni added that the warships will be wooden replicas of the actual ships, built by artists from Kolhapur. He further said that his team was in touch with artists from Kolhapur to build the replicas. “We have gone through historical records and pre-independence era books to collect pictures and data about the ships.”
Three rooms (galleries) will be dedicated to warships. “There will be 25 of them in all, including eight Maratha shops, ten European ones, two from the Moghul era. The rest would be replicas of boats and ships used by the local fishermen,” Kulkarni said.
A separate gallery will be dedicated for the memoirs of King Theba(w). The government plans to use the museum to promote local art as well. Kulkarni said that a portion in the palace will be dedicated for exhibits depicting local painting talent. Ancient sculptures will be put on display too. Stuffed skin of rare dead animals from the local area will be displayed in another portion of the museum.
The palace campus is spread across 27 acres.
သီေပါဘုရင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံခ့ဲရသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ အိႏိၵယက ျပဳျပင္မြမ္းမံ
ေနာက္ဆုံးဘုရင္ ေနထုိင္သြားခ့ဲသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ၂၀၀၇ ခုနွစ္က ေတြ႔ျမင္ရပုံ (ဓာတ္ပုံမ်ား – shwesue.com)
သီေပါမင္း ေနထိုင္သြားခ့ဲသည့္ အိႏၵိယႏုိင္ငံ ရတနာဂီရိရိွ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ျပန္လည္ ျပဳျပင္ရန္ စီစဥ္လ်က္ ရိွသည္။
ျဗိတိသွ်အစုိးရက သီေပါဘုရင္ႏွင့္ မိသားစုကုိ ထုိစံအိမ္တြင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခ့ဲသည္။
၂၀၀၀ ျပည့္ႏွစ္ ဇြန္လက ျပတုိက္ျဖစ္လာသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ျပင္ဆင္ မြမ္းမံရန္ ေရွးေဟာင္းသုေတသနႏွင့္ ျပတုိက္ဌာနက ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ့ဲျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။
သီေပါမင္းသည္ ထုိစံအိမ္သုိ႔ ၁၉၁၀ တြင္ ေရာက္ရိွခ့ဲျပီး ဘ၀ တေလွ်ာက္လုံး ေနထုိင္သြားရသည္။
၁၉၉၄ တြင္ ျမန္မာအစုိးရက စံအိမ္ကုိ သမုိင္း၀င္ အေဆာက္အအုံအျဖစ္ သင့္ေလ်ာ္သလုိ ျပဳျပင္ မြမ္းမံရန္ အိႏၵိယ အစုိးရထံ အေရးဆုိခ့ဲသည္။
ယခုအခါ ျပတုိက္ဌာနက စံအိမ္ကုိ ျပင္ဆင္ေနျပီး ေရွးေဟာင္း စစ္သေဘၤာ ပုံစံငယ္မ်ား၊ ရုပ္တုမ်ား၊ ေဒသခံ အႏုပညာပစၥည္းမ်ား ျပသမည္ဟု သိရသည္။
သီေပါဘုရင္ အထိမ္းအမွတ္ ျပခန္း အပါအ၀င္ ျပခန္းေပါင္း ၂၅ ခန္းရိွမည္ဟု ဆုိသည္။
အစုိးရက ျပခန္းကုိ အေၾကာင္းျပဳျပီး ေဒသခံ အႏုပညာပစၥည္းမ်ားကုိ ပဲြထုတ္မည္ ျဖစ္သည္။
- King Theebaw, Queen Soopy-a-lat and her sister (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- Burmese Muslims during Amarapura Kings era (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- Amerapoora, View at N. end of the Wooden Bridge built by Burmese Muslim U Baing (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- 1855 AD Amerapoora Mosque (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- Burmese letter to King George II deciphered after more than 250 years (telegraph.co.uk)