The Mottama Development Group says that it will work to open the aquarium it has been building in 2020. It has been building the new facility on five acres of land in Kandawgyi Park, spending some $30 million of investments on the project; construction started at the beginning of 2014.
The company is building the aquarium with designs and collaboration from Singapore’s Surbana, in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries under Yangon’s Regional Government.
U Tin Maung Tun, Director of Mottama Development Group, said: “Now the construction process is complete. We now need to work on the light sporting system, and adding fish for the exhibits. We are putting our best efforts into opening by 2020.”
The aquarium will be named Myanmar Aquarium. It will show many of Myanmar’s diverse fish species, including freshwater fish species from northern Myanmar, saltwater fish species from the Rakhine Coastal area, and freshwater species that live in the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River.
There will be glass tunnels, called Underwater World, from which people can see fish above and around them. There will be 20 exhibits in the two-story steel structure aquarium, and visitors will be briefed on the fish at the entrance of each exhibit. Children will even be able to touch and play with fish from some of the exhibitions.
U Tin Maung Tun said that it will be an “international standard aquarium”. He added that the entrance fees for the aquarium will be set at a price that local people can afford. “We’ve talked to the regional government about setting the fees. It will become a tourist attraction for tourists, and we will set a different rate for foreigners. We will announce all the details at the opening ceremony.”
The company received a 40-year license under the Build, Operate and Transfer program from the Yangon Regional Government.