Myanmar prepares Mrauk U for World Heritage listing

Besides Bagan, Mrauk U in Rakhine state is the next cultural property that Myanmar is planning to nominate for World Heritage listing.

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Myanmar aims for Mrauk U to join UNESCO list
TTG Asia, 11 February 2015

Myanmar prepares Mrauk U for UNESCO heritage list [Link no longer active]
Mizzima, 11 February 2015

MYANMAR’S archaeological zone of Mrauk U in Rakhine State is preparing to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture.

Mrauk U contains some 200 Buddhist monuments such as temples, stupas and monasteries mostly built in the 15th and 16th centuries AD. It is also known for its old temples with wall paintings of Indian influence.

Said Kyaw Lwin Oo, director general of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library under the ministry: “We are working on GIS database and digital mapping in Mrauk U. Nandaw Yar Gone will be converted into an archaeological park.

“We will also maintain the first, second and third brick walls of Nandaw Yar Gone, as well as the north wall of Shi Thaung Stupa. Maintenance works funded by Rakhine state have started.”

Full stories here and here [Link no longer active].

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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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