Myanmar seeks to list Bagan as a World Heritage Site

Myanmar hopes to put the temples of Bagan in the World Heritage list, and this article discusses why the nomination may be dismissed and what a listing may potentially do for local infrastructure.

Fields of Bagan

Burma Seeks World Heritage Status for Ancient Royal Capital
Voice of America, 08 March 2013

Burma’s ancient royal capital, Bagan, is home to more than 3,000 temples and shrines – a treasure of archaeology and architectural history. Burma’s government wants it recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but some scholars say that would reward shoddy restorations that have damaged the monuments.

As Burma opens up, thousands of tourists are flocking to Bagan, the largest concentration of Buddhist monuments in the world.

Bagan’s millennium-old brick structures are Burma’s equivalent of Angkor Wat, the famous ancient stone temple of Cambodia.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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