via Frontier Myanmar, 12 April 2019: Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture calling on diplomats for support in the listing of Bagan.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture on Friday called on foreign diplomats to encourage members of the World Heritage Committee to grant World Heritage status to Bagan when the committee meets in June.
At an event at the National Museum in Yangon, deputy religious affairs and culture minister U Kyi Min told diplomats and representatives of the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency that Myanmar was looking forward to securing World Heritage status for Bagan with the support of the international community.
“I believe you all agree that Bagan should be a World Heritage site. May we again ask you to inform your governments to recommend that Bagan be included on the list,” Kyi Min said to the diplomats, including those from Australia, China, France, India and South Korea.
via Myanmar Times, 05 April 2019: Following the Cambodia model of cultural heritage and tourism support.
A chinese company is interested in building a theatre in the Bagan heritage zone in Mandalay Region, according to the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan.
Officials of the Yunnan Culture Industry Investment Holding Co visited Bagan in late March to discuss constructing and opening a theatre. Their objective is to cooperate with resident artists, including ethnic people, to enhance the culture and heritage of Bagan, said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the department.
“They came here to make a preliminary study. Our rules, regulations, procedures and the nature of our cultural heritage were explained to them. In Bagan, after sight-seeing in the daytime, there is nothing to do at night, so from a tourism point of view, there might be a need for such a theatre. There are both good and bad points about the idea,” he said.
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.