Myanmar selectively acts against properties encroaching into Bagan sites

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View from the Aureum Palace Hotel. Source: Myanmar Times 20150825

Myanmar has begun to pursue legal action against properties that have encroached onto the Bagan heritage areas, but have notably left out a number of prominent hotels. The action is ostensibly so that the complex can be listed for Unesco World Heritage status, but the question to whether this measure is effective remains to be seen.

View from the Aureum Palace Hotel. Source: Myanmar Times 20150825

View from the Aureum Palace Hotel. Source: Myanmar Times 20150825

Many big-name Bagan hotels left off encroachment list
Myanmar Times, 25 August 2015

The government has named 11 buildings in Bagan that are facing charges for flouting cultural laws but the list contains none of the well-known luxury hotels whose construction has violated the same regulations.

The action is being taken as Myanmar wages a campaign for the ancient city to be included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, which officials said they hoped to achieve by 2017.

U Nyein Lwin said some hotels are also escaping scrutiny despite ignoring a Ministry of Culture directive in May 2013 to limit construction to three storeys, which was revised in August 2014 to a two-storey limit.

“After these changes were made, there were people who continued building in violation of the new regulations,” U Nyein Lwin said. “Some of those who stopped are still facing prosecution, but some bigger hotels that kept building despite the laws have now opened. Our department must follow through on prosecutions according to the orders of our superiors.”

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Myanmar plans action against hotels on Bagan grounds

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Source: TTR Weekly 20150511

Following a round of consultation with Unesco, the Myanmar Ministry of Culture is hoping to work with hotels in Bagan whose property is encroaching the heritage zone. Some demolition may be involved.

Source: TTR Weekly 20150511

Source: TTR Weekly 20150511

Bagan plans heritage clean up
TTR Weekly, 11 May 2015

Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture plans to take action against hotels built illegally within Bagan’s ancient city and temple complex.

It could result in some tourist hotels being demolished if the local government acts, but officials are reluctant to cross swords with former military junta leaders, who still wield considerable influence.

Mandalay Region government officials told Myanmar Times that the culture ministry is considering legal action against some hotels very shortly.

“The law for ancient culture protection has already been adopted by the Ministry of Culture. Some hotels in Old Bagan are in the ancient heritage zone and are now under scrutiny,” the source said.

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