Myanmar’s most famous political figure Aung San Suu Kyi was recently quoted decrying the poor restoration of the ancient temples of at Bagan, where conservation efforts by the government are seen to be not up to international standards and catered towards attracting the tourist dollar rather than inherent heritage value.
Suu Kyi criticizes restoration of Burma temples
AP, via Asian Correspondent, 12 July 2011
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday decried restoration work on Burmaâ€™s centuries-old Bagan temples for not meeting international standards.
Burmaâ€™s application in 1996 for World Heritage status for the temples was rejected by the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO because the restoration did not use original designs and materials.
â€œItâ€™s so sad to see that the temples are not properly restored. Restoration of the temples is not up to international standards,â€ Suu Kyi told reporters Monday.
Her visit to Bagan last week was her first trip out of Yangon since being released from house arrest last year.
Bagan, also known as Pagan, has more than 2,800 monuments built between the 10th and 14th centuries. The central Burma site is considered one of Southeast Asiaâ€™s major historical landmarks, with Cambodiaâ€™s Angkor Wat and Indonesiaâ€™s Borobodur temple.
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