Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

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via Myanmar Times, 21 March 2018:

According to the decision of the Bagan Archaeological Management Committee early this year, visitors can no longer climb on the ancient pagodas.

Employees of the committee fenced off the stairs leading to the top of the pagodas to ensure that visitors do not trespass.

Source: Locals have mixed reaction to Bagan’s pagoda climbing ban

Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing | Frontier Myanmar

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The ‘experts’ that are quoted seem to be short-sighted tourism professionals :/

Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing

Experts have also urged the government to thoroughly think through any plans to ban visitors from climbing the pagodas.

“If climbing on the temples in Bagan is banned without due consideration for practical alternatives, it could have a significant negative impact on Myanmar’s tourism industry,” said Mr Marcus Allender, business development director for Yangon-based Pegu Travels.

“Bagan is well known as the jewel in Myanmar’s crown and both climbing the temples and the views afforded are a big part of the experience. So far convincing proposals for viewing that would satisfy the large numbers required have been thin on the ground.”

Source: Sun sets on Bagan temple climbing | Frontier Myanmar

The short-lived Bagan climbing ban

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Tourism in Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20160225

A small clash last week between the Ministry of Culture and the tourism industry in Myanmar when the former abruptly banned the climbing of all temples in Bagan. This decision was quickly reversed after it was met with vocal opposition from many parties.

Tourism in Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20160225

Tourism in Bagan. Source: Myanmar Times 20160225

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Ministry backflips on Bagan pagoda ban
Myanmar Times, 25 February 2016

The Ministry of Culture has backpedalled on a decision to ban visitors from ascending pagodas in Bagan.

The edict, announced on February 22, prompted criticism from the tourism industry as well as from within the ministry. In barely 24 hours the ministry clarified its position, saying visitors would be banned from ascending all but five pagodas – its previous policy.

The ministry took the unpopular original decision because a medical company had conducted a cultural show on Pyathagyi Pagoda in the second week of February. It was to come into effect on March 1.