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Swat Museum Mingora, A reflection of Complete Buddhist Lifestyle in Pakistan

Swat Museum is a museum located at Mingora and Saidu Road in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. The Museum has a good and wide range of collections of Buddhist sites in Swat. In this museum, the responsible authority demonstrated the complete Buddhist lifestyle.

Swat Museum Mingora Location

The Museum of Swat is located on Saidu Sharif Road, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) from the town of Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Originally, the museum was built by the Wali of Swat state in 1958 in collaboration with the Italian mission, but was later renovated in 2011 and 2014.

The museum showcases more than 3,000 antique Gandhara sculptures and the excavated life story of the Buddha at Swat.

History of Swat Museum Mingora

An Italian architect built the Museum at the request of the Wali of Swat. The Italians began archaeological research in 1955 at the suggestion of Wali, who was a collector of antiquities.

In the 1990s, the museum was reconstructed with the help of the Japanese government, and the collections were given a new presentation.

In 2011 the museum was renovated and in 2014 the new seismic resistant swat museum was reopened to the general public.

Collections in Swat Museum Mingora

The Museum exhibits more than 3000 objects that reflect the rich history of Swat. The museum contains an extensive historical collection of locally excavated Gandhara sculptures rearranged and labeled to illustrate the Buddha’s life story.

The ethnographic section of the Swat Museum displays the best examples of Swat’s local embroidery, wood carvings and antique jewellery.

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