via Myanmar Times, 15 August 2018: Garden construction in Bagan temples may potentially affect the bid to nominate them into the World Heritage register. This adds to the number of issues previously highlighted in the nomination of Bagan with modern constructions (such as here and here).
Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.
Source: Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid
via Myanmar Times, 19 June 2018:
Experts have finished measurements of the subgrade stability of the soil in Nan Taw Yaw in the Bagan ancient cultural zone, said U Saw Htwe Zaw, deputy chair of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee, on Monday.
Source: Survey of Bagan soil stability ongoing: official
via The Irrawaddy, 08 June 2018:
Bagan Civil Group Demands Government Take Action Over Ancient Temples on Hotel Grounds
Source: Bagan Civil Group Demands Official Action Over Ancient Temples on Hotel Grounds
via Myanmar Times, 08 June 2018:
Bagan residents on Thursday threatened to file a complaint against the Mandalay regional government with the Anti-Corruption Commission if it ignore their plea to protect the city’s ancient cultural heritage.
Source: Residents threaten Mandalay for ignoring Bagan
via Eleven Myanmar, 30 May 2018:
“Their room rates are also higher than the room rates of hotels across the country. Although room rates are high, entrance fee for Bagan archaeological zone is low. Foreigner needs to pay Ks25,000 to visit the zone. So the ministry should increase the entrance fee and decrease the room rates,” said an official from the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism (Bagan zone).
Bagan has about 3,000 rooms available across 85 hotels located in four hotel zones but most are small and medium standard.
Source: Room rates in Bagan needs to decrease: tourism official | Eleven Myanmar
via Myanmar Times, 28 May 2018:
The authorities will permit a limited number of visitors to climb five pagodas in Bagan to view the sunrise and sunset starting in September, said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan.
Source: Officials to reopen some Bagan pagodas to climbing tourists
via Frontier Myanmar, 29 April 2018:
As UNESCO prepares to decide on the ancient site’s status as a World Heritage destination, conservation efforts would benefit from a unified approach that includes the myriad actors involved.
Source: A unified approach in repairing Bagan
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
via The Irrawaddy, 19 April 2018:
At nearly 80 percent complete, the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library aims to finish the renovations by 2020.
Source: Bagan Renovations Nearly Complete Following 2016 Earthquake
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.