US tourist, 20, falls to death from Myanmar temple

via AFP, Yahoo News 08 November 2017: Death is always tragic, but it should be pointed out that on top of the fact that climbing temples is frowned on in Bagan, the tourist was also on a non-designated temple that wasn’t designated for climbing.

Myanmar has tried in vain to keep tourists from scaling Bagan’s temples to watch sunsets fall over its vast plain of more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments.

In 2016 authorities tried to restrict the daily ritual to five main temples, citing the need to preserve the temples and protect tourists’ safety.

But travellers continue to scamper up many of Bagan’s smaller structures, including the 20-foot Wuttanathaw pagoda from which Braun fell.

Source: US tourist, 20, falls to death from Myanmar temple

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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