Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid

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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

Room rates in Bagan needs to decrease: tourism official

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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

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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

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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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