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
via Eleven Myanmar (via The Nation), 26 September 2017: Myanmar’s tourism industry is taking a hit and many hotels in Bagan are fearing the worst
HOTELS in Bagan, in the heart of Myanmar’s main zone for ancient monuments, are not expected to be profitable this year, following the decline in tourist arrivals, according to Zaw Weik, chairman of Myanmar Hoteliers Association (Bagan Zone) and managing director of U Zaw Travels & Tours.
Source: Hoteliers struggle to survive in Bagan
via Xinhua, 25 September 2017:
Germany will help Myanmar renovate the Manuha Cave Temple in Bagan ancient heritage zone in Mandalay region, said a report of the official Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday.
Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in the Bagan cultural zone.
The repair work will begin in January 2018 with the use of German technology, an official of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum was quoted as saying.
Source: Germany to help Myanmar renovate temple in ancient heritage zone – Xinhua | English.news.cn
via Frontier Myanmar, 06 September 2017: A new survey of the Bagan monuments has identified 3,800 monuments.
A survey by the Association of Myanmar Architects has recorded 3,822 monuments at Bagan and the inventory has been handed to the Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, the AMA told a news conference at its Yangon office on September 5.
“This scientifically-collected inventory could be helpful in the process for Bagan to become a UNESCO World Heritage site,” said U Sun Oo, the AMA president.
Preliminary research for the inventory, involving 300 architects who volunteered their time, began before the 2016 earthquake that seriously damaged many ancient temples and other monuments at Bagan, one of the country’s most popular pilgrimage and tourist destinations.
Source: Bagan survey counts 3,800 monuments | Frontier Myanmar
See also: 3822 religious monuments in Bagan: latest study (Myanmar Times, 07 September 2017)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Myanmar last week to reaffirm the long and deep relations between the two countries. Part of his tour included a visit to the Ananda Temple of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India is working to conserve and restore post earthquake.
PM today also visited Ananda Temple and paid his respect to the historical temple in Bagan.
Source: Modi Myanmar visit: PM arrives in Bagan, visits Ananda Temple – The Financial Express
India commits to helping with the restoration and repair of some of the temples in Bagan.
Implementation of the project will further strengthen India’s enduring ties in culture and religion with Myanmar. It will also generate immense goodwill for India among the people of Myanmar due to the religious significance as well as the
Source: Cabinet approves MoU with Myanmar for the Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Pagodas at Bagan | Business Standard News
via Eleven Myanmar, 29 August 2017:
Repairs to 36 pagodas in Bagan that were damaged by an earthquake last year are due to completed by 2019, according to the Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry.
The 36 pagodas are on the priority list for repairs. At least 20 of them are expected to be repaired by the end of this year, the ministry added.
Source: 36 Bagan pagodas to be repaired by 2019 | Eleven Myanmar
via Myanmar Times, 29 August 2017: This committee will be similar in function to the ICC that oversees the work in Angkor.
An International Coordination Committee comprising foreign professionals will coordinate the renovations of pagodas in Bagan that were damaged in last year’s earthquake.
Speaking at the anniversary of the earthquake forum held in Bagan Museum on August 27, Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko said a pool of experts, both local and foreign, will be involved in the renovation.
“We will organise the International Coordination Committee to protect and maintain the quake-damaged pagodas. Local and foreign professionals from all over the world will contribute,” he said.
Source: Foreign experts to rebuild quake-hit pagodas in Bagan | The Myanmar Times
via News.com.au, 01 September 2017: We’ve covered this story before, and this story reiterates the stiff penalties for disrespecting Buddhist traditions in Myanmar. The Russian tourist who repeatedly refused to remove her shoes while visiting the Bagan temples was sent to 6 months of prison and hard labour!
The big tourist warning for Myanmar
Source: Bagan, Myanmar: Tourist jailed for wearing shoes inside ancient city
via The Irrawady, 22 August 2017:
Myanmar aims to finish renovation work for quake-affected Bagan temples in the country’s central region by 2020, according to an official from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.
Thursday will mark one year since the powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Aug. 24, centered about 15 miles west of Chauk in Magwe Region.
Out of the 3,252 temples and pagodas across Bagan—located to the north of the epicenter—389 were affected by the tremors and needed renovation, according to the department’s inventory.
Source: Myanmar to Repair Earthquake-Hit Bagan by 2020