Myanmar’s Bagan set to make World Heritage list after quake

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan is “very likely” to be listed as a World Heritage site, a Unesco official said Monday (Sept 26), promising a boon to a tourist attraction battered by a recent earthquake. Bagan is home to more than 2,000 ancient Buddhist monuments that are among Myanmar’s most venerated religious […]

Earthquake highlights need for rigorous protection of Bagan temples

BAGAN’s famed pagodas appear to be the greatest casualty in the tourism sector after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit near Chauk, a town 120km from Bagan. At least three people were killed and some 185 brick pagodas were damaged, the state newspaper […]

Major earthquake strikes central Myanmar, kills four, destroys pagodas

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Myanmar yesterday, killing at least four people and damaging famous pagodas in Bagan and other regions. The earthquake, with its epicenter inside Myanmar, about 12 miles west of Chauk and about 123 miles southwest of the Mandalay seismological observatory, was recorded at 5.04 pm, according to the announcement […]

Yangon airport T1 gets first foreign tenant

Yangon International Airport’s shiny new terminal has been almost empty since it opened in March – hosting only the country’s flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines. But space and facilities are becoming increasingly important for the raft of foreign firms aiming to add Myanmar routes, and the first international airlines are starting to move in. The […]

Barriers to Bagan flights for Thai firm

Bangkok Airways is exploring adding Bagan and Myeik to its list of Myanmar destinations. But the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says there are no immediate plans to open up more airports to Thai firms, a move that would likely anger local airlines. The Thai carrier is conducting a feasibility study into establishing routes from Chiang Mai […]

Poor renovation work decried as blighting Bagan’s ancient heritage

More than 600 ancient pagodas in Bagan have been ruined by botched renovation work, an architect has claimed. U Sun Oo, a member of the Bagan Management Plan Organising Committee, laid blame for the destruction on the practice of putting out complex and sensitive repair work to tender. Responsibility for maintaining the sacred Buddhist site’s […]

Pacific World expands footprint into Myanmar

MYANMAR’s emerging MICE sector and improving infrastructure have caught the attention of global DMC and event management company Pacific World, which has announced its expansion into the country through a partnership with Yangon-based inbound tour operator Myanmar Polestar. Selina Chavry, global managing director for Pacific World, commented: “Myanmar has been working to position itself as […]

KOICA helps Myanmar cope with effects of climate change

BAGAN, Myanmar — Endless rows of yellow-green, tender young trees soughed in the breeze, churning out rustling sounds across a serene forest in Bagan, Myanmar. A 10-minute walk led to a more exuberant section where taller and lusher eucalyptuses, neems and acacias towered on the backdrop of a mountain. The once barren land is turning […]

Singapore travel agents elated as Myanmar

AGENTS in Singapore are sanguine about the prospects visa exemption between Singapore and Myanmar can bring. Most noteworthy is the avoidance of cumbersome visa application procedures which can take up to half a day to complete, according to Magdeline Yeo, ticketing manager at Stamford Travel. She said: “This is good news. The current process is […]

Myanmar backpedals on Bagan climbing ban

Myanmar has backpedalled on a ban on climbing temples at the tourist hot spot of Bagan, following fears visitors would no longer be able to enjoy the ancient capital’s famed sunsets. YANGON: Myanmar has backpedalled on a ban on climbing temples at the tourist hot spot of Bagan, following fears visitors would no longer be […]