Popular Bagan Pagoda Closes After Terrace Collapse

via The Irrawaddy, 20 October 2017: Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the two remaining temples upon to the public for sunset viewing is now closed, after a terrace of the pagoda collapsed following rains.

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Rain causes collapse of temples in Bagan

Recent torrential rains in Bagan have cause the collapse of at least two temples in the ancient temple complex. The conservation of the Bagan temples are problematic because there are so many of them, and some restoration efforts have been poorly done.

Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Reconstructed pagoda collapses at Bagan
Myanmar Times, 12 August 2015

The dramatic collapse of a temple in Bagan after heavy rain could have been caused by botched conservation work, officials have suggested. Department of Archaeology and National Museum director general U Kyaw Oo Lwin told The Myanmar Times that the temple known as number 1752 collapsed on August 9, and the spire of temple 1297 collapsed two days later in torrential rain.

Nobody was injured in either collapse.

Temple 1752, which was 30 feet (9 metres) high, was restored in 2003 using new bricks that were laid on top of the original foundations.

U Kyaw Oo Lwin attributed the building failure to the mismatch of new bricks on the old structure during the renovation.

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Climate change and the collapse of ancient civilisations

Angkor takes front and center in this piece about how climate and environmental change can lead to the collapse of civilisations.

Siem Reap, CAMBODIA: An aerial view of the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province some 314 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, 02 March 2007.  Angkor is at the very heart of Cambodia's identity, and with nearly two million tourists coming to the country in 2006 -- more than half of those visiting Angkor -- it is recognising the need to keep these precious ruins intact. Some 500 years after a failing irrigation system forced Angkor's rulers to abandon the sprawling Khmer capital, a lack of water is again threatening Cambodia's most famous temple complex. AFP PHOTO/ TANG CHHIN SOTHY (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Angkor Wat. Source: The Guardian 20150114

What the collapse of ancient capitals can teach us about the cities of today
The Guardian, 14 January 2015
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Myanmar Pagoda collapses

An ancient structure at the southern border of the capital Yangon, the Danok Pagoda, collapsed on Saturday injuring at least 30 with an unaccounted number of people under the rubble. The pagoda was said to be undergoing recent reconstruction; however Myanmar’s reconstruction works have been notoriously questionable from a heritage conservation point of view, and now it seems from an architectural point of view as well. Given the tightly controlled media of the military junta, it is unlikely that we hear any more information from this tragedy.

Ancient Myanmar pagoda collapses, injures 30
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 30 May 2009
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