MYANMAR’S BAGAN IN RUNNING FOR WORLD HERITAGE SITE LISTING

NAY PYI DAW, Myanmar The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will inspect Bagan’s Ancient Cultural Zone from this month to September, following an application for its listing as one of the organisation’s World Heritage Sites, reported the Myanmar Times, an English-language newspaper.

Director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan, U Aung Aung Kyaw said Myanmar submitted the application for Bagan to be listed as a World Heritage Site in January.

We introduced Bagan at the recent World Heritage Committee Conference in Bahrain with the intention of making it known worldwide, said U Aung Aung Kyaw.

The presentation explained the history and current condition of Bagan’s ancient buildings, the conservation of its heritage, regional development management as well as local sentiment.

While there are many opportunities for local businesses if Bagan gets listed as a World Heritage Site, local residents have concerns about the use of land for commercial purposes and hotels built within pagoda compounds, said U Kyaw Win, who lives in Bagan Myo Thit.

In fact, this is not Bagan’s first application for listing. An application in 1996 was rejected due to poor civil management.

Although UNESCO may announce this time that Bagan qualifies as a World Heritage Site, the country’s first World Heritage Site was Pyu, the ancient city that thrived between the 2nd century BC and the 9th century AD.

Pyu in northern Myanmar gained recognition as a World Heritage Site in 2014.

Source: NAM News Network