Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

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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

Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing | Frontier Myanmar

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The ‘experts’ that are quoted seem to be short-sighted tourism professionals :/

Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing

Experts have also urged the government to thoroughly think through any plans to ban visitors from climbing the pagodas.

“If climbing on the temples in Bagan is banned without due consideration for practical alternatives, it could have a significant negative impact on Myanmar’s tourism industry,” said Mr Marcus Allender, business development director for Yangon-based Pegu Travels.

“Bagan is well known as the jewel in Myanmar’s crown and both climbing the temples and the views afforded are a big part of the experience. So far convincing proposals for viewing that would satisfy the large numbers required have been thin on the ground.”

Source: Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing | Frontier Myanmar