Myanmar aims for Bagan city in World heritage list

Nay Pyi Taw, Oct 19 (IANS) Myanmar is working on its ancient city of Bagan securing a place in the World heritage list, an official said on Monday.

“If Bagan is recognised as a World heritage site, systematic measures can be taken to preserve Bagan’s ancient cultural sites and job opportunities for local people will be created, enabling the country to earn more revenue from tourists,” Xinhua quoted deputy minister of culture Daw Sandar Khin as saying.

A meeting on introducing the strategy called for preservation of the landscape, traditional lacquer art, heritage-oriented administration of the area and development of hotel zones outside the historical site.

Bagan was the first kingdom to unify regions that constitute modern Myanmar. From the 11th to 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were built. Today, only around 2,000 temples and pagodas exist.

The ancient Buddhist edifices of Bagan attract thousands of tourists every month.

In June 2014, Myanmar’s three Pyu ancient cities were inscribed into the World Heritage List for the first time.

The three ancient cities are located in the vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Ayeyawaddy River Basin and reflect the Pyu Kingdom that remained prosperous for over 1,000 years between 200 BC and 900 AD.

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