Optimism over Bagan World Heritage listing

Recent Unesco meeting at the Bagan Museum. Source: The Irrawaddy 20141013

Unesco officials working with Myanmar to list Bagan as a World Heritage Site are confident that Bagan will be added to the register within a few years. The article also does address some of the issues that will complicate the listing.

Recent Unesco meeting at the Bagan Museum. Source: The Irrawaddy 20141013
Recent Unesco meeting at the Bagan Museum. Source: The Irrawaddy 20141013

Bagan on Course for World Heritage Listing: Unesco Expert
The Irrawaddy, 13 October 2014

The temple complex of Bagan in central Burma will become a Unesco World Heritage Site within the next few years, a Unesco expert said on Sunday, adding that Culture Ministry officials and international experts had taken the first steps toward drawing up a World Heritage nomination and a protection plan for Bagan.

“I think everyone has agreed to move ahead with the process,” said Kai Weise, a World Heritage expert working on the nomination, when asked whether Bagan would become a World Heritage Site.

“This is an opportunity to find solutions, and Bagan is of outstanding universal value. So it’s a question of going through a process. As a site you can say it should be on the World Heritage List,” 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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