Myanmar begins inventorying Bagan temples – and starting to find new ones already

An inventory of the pagodas in Bagan is underway as part of its bid to be listed as a world heritage site. Several new pagodas have already been discovered!

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Bagan Inventory Reveals New Pagodas
The Frontier, 19 January 2016

Bagan counts pagodas
TTR Weekly, 20 January 2016

Several new pagoda sites have been unearthed in Bagan during an archaeological inventory of the town’s ancient temples for a World Heritage List application, media reports said Tuesday.

The pagoda inventory is due to be concluded by February, as part of Myanmar’s bid to have Bagan listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, possibly by 2017, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

So far more than 800 pagodas have been accounted for in just two of Bagan’s 11 administrative zones, Archaeology and National Museum Department deputy director general U Thein Lwin told the state-run daily.

Full story here and 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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