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Japan Provides Museum Audio Guides

Yangon National Museum, one of the popular tourist destinations in Yangon, will provide audio guides that can describe some of the displayed historical items in four languages with the funding from Japan, according to the director of the museum.

Forty-two portable devices, costing $650 each, have been provided by Japan in a $31,000 donation, including the cost for accessories such as charging plugs.

“The devices can explain about only 30 items right now. We are trying to provide voice explanations for every item in the future. This is the first museum in Myanmar to install this feature. Internationally audio guides are widely used,” U Ngwe Tun Myint, director of the museum, said.

Yangon National Museum currently exhibits a collection of over 2,000 historical items where explanations of 30 items are recorded in Myanmar, Japanese, English and Chinese for the audience.

Visitors can listen to the explanation in their choice of language for the item they select by entering the corresponding numbers on the interface of the device.

The devices can be checked out for free at the museum but the users must show their IDs first.

The details recorded in the devices have been prepared by the museum with the help of the experts from relevant fields while Miyashi Ltd from Japan has carried out the translations and recordings in Japan.

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