Burma pledges to relocate hotels from Bagan archaeological site

via DVB, 11 November 2017:

At the forefront of Burma’s proposal to UNESCO will be a pledge to relocate hotels and buildings that interfere with the ancient ruins.

Source: Burma pledges to relocate hotels from Bagan archaeological site- DVB Multimedia Group

George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status

via Astro Awani, 06 October 2017:

George Town, one of the most prominent trading ports linking the East and West for the last 200 years, is at risk of losing the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Source: George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status | Astro Awani

Bagan on way to UNESCO listing as world heritage site

via Myanmar Times, 29 September 2017: Myanmar has just submitted its application to put Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bagan on way to UNESCO listing as world heritage site

Finally, after 22 years, Myanmar submitted an application for Bagan – the heart of Myanmar – to join UNESCO’s world heritage list in September.
Since it first started the procedure in 1994-5, Myanmar is applying to include Bagan on UNESCO’s list for the first time.

Source: Bagan on way to UNESCO listing as world heritage site | The Myanmar Times

Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

via AFP, Yahoo.com:

It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.

Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance — and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west — Angkor Wat — Cambodia’s top tourist destination.

But in July it gained a listing by the UNESCO World Heritage, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.

“We have already seen more and more local and foreign tourists flocking to visit our site,” said Hang Than, an official who manages the compound, as he strolled towards one of several temples spectacularly wrapped in tree roots.

Source: Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

Celebrating Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia’s newest World Heritage Site

18 July 2017, Khmer Times and various sources: Tourism to Sambor Prei Kuk has seen a boost since it was listed as a World Heritage Site last week.

PM Hun Sen has called on international committee responsible for safeguarding Angkor Wat to extend coverage to the Sambor Prei Kuk.

Source: Tourists flock to Sambor Prei Kuk – Khmer Times

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Ishanapura, the Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Southeast Asia’s newest World Heritage Site

Over the weekend, the temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk became Southeast Asia’s newest World Heritage site and Cambodia’s third after Angkor and Preah Vihear. It was known in the 6-7th centuries as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla empire.

Source: Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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Culture Ministry to Nominate Bagan, Mrauk U, Shwedagon for UNESCO Recognition

via The Irrawaddy, 29 June 2017: Expect a succession of nominations from Myanmar to Unesco’s World Heritage list in the next few years.

The Union minister of religious affairs and culture U Aung Ko said his ministry plans to nominate Arakan State’s Mrauk U and Shwedagon Pagoda for UNESCO’s list of culturally significant sites after Bagan.

Since 2016, countries have been limited to one UNESCO nomination per year so the ministry chose Bagan first, said the minister.

The draft report and draft management plan needed for Bagan’s nomination will be submitted in September and UNESCO officials will visit the site in 2018.

Source: Culture Ministry to Nominate Bagan, Mrauk U, Shwedagon for UNESCO Recognition

Bagan redraws heritage zones

TTR Weekly, 20 June 2017

Bagan’s World Heritage zone will skirt existing buildings and in some areas be extended to ensure communities do not lose residences or buildings.

The city is preparing its presentation, which will be the framework for a comprehensive request for UNESCO World Heritage recognition, but considerable pressure from residents who stood to lose property has now prompted revisions of the strict zoning that was earlier proposed.

Source: Bagan redraws heritage zones : TTR Weekly

Bagan World Heritage zone to be extended

Myanmar Times, 15 June 2017:

Efforts to list Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site are underway and an application could be made by September, U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan, has told The Myanmar Times.

Source: Bagan World Heritage zone to be extended

Apsara cracks down on illegal construction activity

Various sources, see below: In the past week, the APSARA Authority has been cracking down on illegal construction projects – as many as 500 – in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

The Apsara Authority, which oversees the Angkor Wat temple complex, has warned the owners of over 500 unauthorised construction sites to halt activity and dismantle any structures or police will clear the sites later this week.

Source: Apsara seeking to stop illegal building activity, National, Phnom Penh Post

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