Myanmar’s Culture Minister updates on Bagan listing progress

Myanmar’s Deputy Minister for Culture has updated the upper house of the legislature of the impending plans to list Bagan as a World Heritage site.

Source: The Nation 20141103
Source: The Nation 20141103

Culture ministry prepared to have Bagan added to World Heritage List
The Nation, 03 November 2014

World Heritage status likely for Bagan
The Nation, 04 November 2014

Preparations are underway to add the ancient temples and pagodas of Bagan to Unesco’s World Heritage List, after three ancient Pyu cities became the first sites in Myanmar to join the list in June, Deputy Minister of Culture said Sandar Khin told the Upper House on October 30.

“Bagan cultural region is now being prepared for entry on the World Heritage List,” she said, adding the process was laborious. “There are so many rules for this,” she said, explaining that these included administrative issues, border delineation and preservation. Activities have to be taken before application and more work done after a site is included on the list, Sandar Khin said.

Bagan is located on a low-lying area along the Ayeyawady River in Mandalay. It comprises more than 2,200 temples and pagodas. Bagan kingdom flourished between the 9th and 13th centuries and was the first to unify the regions that have become modern Myanmar. The area is one of Myanmar’s main tourist attractions.

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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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