The Department of Archaeology and National Museums is ready to answer questions on the Bagan heritage area from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), says the department’s director. Richard Mackay, an expert from the council, conducted a survey last September for a report that will be submitted to UNESCO regarding Myanmar’s application to list the ancient city as a World Heritage Site. “We are preparing to answer the questions of the ICOMOS expert, who wants more information before su
via Myanmar Times, 05 September 2018: The Myanmar Archaeology Association files a lawsuit against the Mandalay government over what it describes as mismanagement of the Bagan heritage area.
Lawyer U Phoe Phyu discusses the lawsuit at a press confreence in Yangon on Tuesday. Source: Myanmar Times, 05 Sep 2018
The Myanmar Archaeology Association will sue the Bagan Management Committee for mismanagement of the Bagan heritage site in Mandalay Region, the association’s secretary has said.
The association will send a letter through a law firm to Nyaung U district court this week. The court will look into the accusations, and hearings on the matter are expected to take about two months, said U Thu Ra Aung, the association’s secretary.
After years of challenges and controversy, a UNESCO committee will decide next year whether to grant World Heritage listing to Bagan – but hotel development in the archaeological zone remains a thorny and unresolved issue.
via the Tea Circle, 30 July 2018: An article by independent scholar Liu Yun on an Chinese-Pyu inscription found at the Tharaba Gate.
Tharabha Gate, Bagan
Currently held in Pagan Archaeological Museum, the illegible Pyu inscription of an “unknown date” was found near the Tharaba gate which, located to the east of Pagan, is the only surviving gate of the old city. Sino-Burmese historians Taw Sein Ko (1916) and Chen Yi-sein (1960) argued, based on their pioneer studies of the much defaced Chinese epigraphy on the reverse side of the Pyu scripts, that the bilingual stone dates back to the late 13th century when the Mongol campaigns of the Pagan Kingdom were launched by ambitious Kublai Khan (r. 1271-1294) and a subsequent fragile tributary relationship was established. Strikingly different from the traditional way of writing vertically from top to bottom, the Chinese texts at Pagan run horizontally from left to right, in a Burmanized way.
via Myanmar Times, 15 August 2018: Garden construction in Bagan temples may potentially affect the bid to nominate them into the World Heritage register. This adds to the number of issues previously highlighted in the nomination of Bagan with modern constructions (such as here and here).
Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.
Experts have finished measurements of the subgrade stability of the soil in Nan Taw Yaw in the Bagan ancient cultural zone, said U Saw Htwe Zaw, deputy chair of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee, on Monday.
Bagan residents on Thursday threatened to file a complaint against the Mandalay regional government with the Anti-Corruption Commission if it ignore their plea to protect the city’s ancient cultural heritage.
“Their room rates are also higher than the room rates of hotels across the country. Although room rates are high, entrance fee for Bagan archaeological zone is low. Foreigner needs to pay Ks25,000 to visit the zone. So the ministry should increase the entrance fee and decrease the room rates,” said an official from the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism (Bagan zone).
Bagan has about 3,000 rooms available across 85 hotels located in four hotel zones but most are small and medium standard.
Source: Room rates in Bagan needs to decrease: tourism official | Eleven Myanmar
The authorities will permit a limited number of visitors to climb five pagodas in Bagan to view the sunrise and sunset starting in September, said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan.