Hotels and projects in archaeological site in Bagan deterring UNESCO nomination

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Horse-drawn carriages wait for passengers in the vicinity of an ancient temple in Bagan. photo: MNA

Hotels and projects constructed and conducted in restricted archaeological sites in Bagan are deterring Bagan’s nomination in UNESCO World Heritage Site, said U Thura Aung, a secretary of Myanmar Archaeology Association.
“We said we’ll follow UNESCO’s management plan and will stop (construction and operation of) hotels (and project) in 2028. If not, experts will consider that we lack management in maintaining cultural heritage and it would not be easy to nominate Bagan as UNESCO World Heritage Site,” he added.
According to Myanmar Archaeology Association, Bagan’s nomination will be brought up for deliberation at 43rd session of the 2019 UNESCO World Heritage Site convention in Azerbaijan. “If Bagan is listed in UNESCO, we will receive technical assistance/methods in conservation of cultural heritages. International experts on conservation will help conserve the cultural heritages. We’ll get more international support both technically and financially. That is why we are striving towards nomination. If we can do these properly, we wouldn’t need to go for nomination,” said Daw Sandar Khin, chairman of Myanmar Archaeology Association.
UNESCO adopted World Heritage Convention in 1972 in order to protect and maintain cultural and natural heritage. Myanmar became a member of UNESCO in 1949. Ancient Pyu city was Myanmar’s first entry onto the World Heritage list in 2014.

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