Despite World Heritage Status, Bagan’s Future Far From Assured

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Construction of the Hilton Hotel in the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Source: The Irrawaddy 20190802
Construction of the Hilton Hotel in the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Source: The Irrawaddy 20190802
Construction of the Hilton Hotel in the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Source: The Irrawaddy 20190802

via The Irrawaddy, 02 August 2019: Bagan’s inscription as a World Heritage Site comes with obligations to preserve the archaeological zone, which are challenged by ongoing hotel construction at the site.

Bagan’s recent inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is conditional. The government must fulfill the commitments it made in its management plan and comply with 20 additional recommendations, including those relating to hotels, made by ICOMOS.

In addition to the removal of intrusive hotels and tourism facilities, and taking account of the need for a phased approach and longer-term strategy for hotels in Bagan, ICOMOS has urged the government to work with it and UNESCO to prepare a hotel strategy to create hotel zones and make any necessary changes to existing facilities.

“All new developments should be subject to heritage impact assessment, and the establishment of zones where hotel developments can occur should be accompanied by regulations concerning building heights and other site and design issues, and be integrated into the regional Tourism Strategy,” its recommendation says.

Source: Despite World Heritage Status, Bagan’s Future Far From Assured