Soon: Shopping at Bagan

While we’re on the topic of Bagan, it seems that the Myanmar Hoteliers’ Association will start a night market selling local handicrafts and goods in the upcoming tourist season starting on October. I wonder how this will this will make the ruins of the ancient city more alive at night and if the increased activity might pose a threat to the ruins.

Sunrise @ the Htilominlo Temple from the balloon
photo credit: antwerpenR

Myanmar To Use Night Bazaar In Ancient City To Attract Tourists
Bernama, 27 August 2009

The Myanmar Hoteliers Association ( MHA) will add night bazaar in the ancient city of Bagan during this year to attract more world travellers to the tourist site and provide a nice shopping place for them, sources with the MHA said on Thursday.

Quoting the sources, China’s Xinhua news agency said that the move will be implemented in coming travel season starting October.

In the 2-hour night bazaar, which scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the shops will display local art products, such as lacquer ware, bamboo works and beautiful local made cloth, food stuff, ancient handicrafts and gifts.

There are four hotel zones in Bagan made up of 91 hotels, motels and inns which have been upgraded to serve visitors, it added.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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