Construction of viewing mounds to go on at ancient Bagan Lake

via Myanmar Times, 23 April 2018: Not everyone is in agreement that the viewing mounds are a good thing.

The construction of man-made mounds around a 13th century lake in ancient Bagan will continue despite concerns they destroy the scenery of the area, officials said.

Source: Construction of viewing mounds to go on at ancient Bagan Lake

It’s World Heritage Day – Check out 3D scans of some of the world’s most famous ancient monuments in Google Arts & Culture’s Open Heritage

Today (April 18) is World Heritage Day, and technology company CyArk in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture have just launched the website Open Heritage. The site contains 3D scans of ancient monuments from 27 sites from around the world, including Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand!

CyArk’s data has already been used for various research purposes. For example, the data collected at Ayutthaya, Thailand—one of the sites featured in Open Heritage—was used by conservators to study the sinking of a temple after flooding in 2011. CyArk’s work at Bagan, the ancient city in Myanmar, Bagan, which was hit with a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake in 2016 that caused damage to several of its Buddhist temples, was incorporated into an Unesco pilot project to study how to best conserve monuments. That data is also plugged into Open Heritage in a virtual tour of Bagan, which shows how the area looked before and after the earthquake hit.

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Low demand delays Angkor-Bagan link

via Myanmar Times 03 April 2018: The twin promotion of Angkor and Bagan was mooted last year to boost tourism, but it looks like there isn’t enough demand to justify direct air links.

The planned direct air link between Cambodia’s ancient city of Angkor and Myanmar’s city of Bagan is facing delay due to lack of charter airlines willing to fly between the two destinations as the traffic is not likely to generate a profit, Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung told The Myanmar Times.

Source: Low demand delays Angkor-Bagan link

Ministry stops construction of hotel in Bagan

via Myanmar Times, 30 March 2018:

A 340-room hotel project in the Bagan cultural zone was halted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture after many criticised the project for being located too close to an ancient protected monument.

Source: Ministry stops construction of hotel in Bagan

Parts of over 100 Bagan pagodas to be demolished

via Myanmar Times, 21 March 2018:

Some portions of more than 100 pagodas in Bagan might be demolished because of substandard materials used during their renovation, a senior official of the Department of Archeology and National Museum said.

Source: Parts of over 100 Bagan pagodas to be demolished

Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

via Myanmar Times, 21 March 2018:

According to the decision of the Bagan Archaeological Management Committee early this year, visitors can no longer climb on the ancient pagodas.

Employees of the committee fenced off the stairs leading to the top of the pagodas to ensure that visitors do not trespass.

Source: Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban