Bagan listing aimed for 2017

Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20141121

Culture officials in Myanmar say they hope to have Bagan listed as a world heritage site by 2017.

Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20141121
Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20141121

Government aims for Bagan heritage listing in 2017
Myanmar Times, 21 November 2014

The ancient city of Bagan could be nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage List within three years, says Ministry of Culture official.

The list, run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, is aimed at protecting important cultural sites. In June, the Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Hanlin and Beikthano became the first sites in Myanmar to be included on the heritage list.

Last month, officials from the ministry and UNESCO met international experts in Bagan to discuss how the city, which rose to prominence between the ninth and 13th centuries, could be protected from ill-considered development caused by a sharp rise in tourist arrivals.

Full story here.

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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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