Work begins to nominate Bagan as a World Heritage site

Ananda Temple, Bagan. Source: The Irrawady, 20140930

Myanmar is starting to look into listing the Bagan temple complex as a world heritage site, in consultation with Unesco and experts from around the world. Listing Bagan has a unique set of problems, as a number of temples have been improperly conserved over the years, and development for tourism has encroached in parts of the landscape.

Ananda Temple, Bagan. Source: The Irrawady, 20140930
Ananda Temple, Bagan. Source: The Irrawady, 20140930

Govt, Unesco to Study Bagan’s World Heritage List Nomination
The Irrawady, 30 September 2014

Ministry of Culture officials said they are scheduled to meet with Unesco officials and international archaeological experts in Bagan on Oct 10-12 to discuss what studies are required to complete the World Heritage List nomination for the Buddhist temple complex in central Burma.

“The meeting will focus on how to designate ancient zones in line with World Heritage site status criteria, and if local people are compliant with Unesco rules and regulations,” said Thein Lwin, deputy director-general of the Archaeological, National Museum and Library Department at the Culture Ministry.

The Bagan Consultation Meeting is set to be held at the Bagan Archaeological Museum and more than a dozen Unesco officials and archeological experts from the United States, Australia, Japan, England and Nepal will attend, he said.

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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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