Entrance fees bypass Bagan temples

Where does the money from Bagan entrance fees go? Well, now we know – and just 2 percent is being put toward preserving the ancient city’s monuments. This has prompted observers to call for more of the income from entrance fees, which totalled more than US$4 million last year, to go toward conservation. Following a […]

Anger in tourism industry after govt bans Bagan sunset viewing

Tourism industry leaders in Bagan have condemned a Ministry of Culture decision to ban visitors from climbing on ancient pagodas in the world-renowned archaeological zone. Watching the sunset from the top of a pagoda is one of Bagan’s main tourism drawcards, and is regularly cited as a “must-do” when visiting Myanmar. But yesterday the Ministry […]

Heritage law promises more protection

Construction projects near old buildings and pagodas will be required to receive permission from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library under a new law. Yangon’s heritage buildings are increasingly viewed as a tourist draw, though many of them are under threat. The Protection and Preservation of Ancient Buildings Law passed last month is […]

Ancient village depicting life in Myanmar to come up in Amarapura

A MANDALAY-BASED company has announced that it plans to construct an ancient village depicting life from many centuries ago close to one of Myanmar’s most popular tourist sites. Taung Tha Man Thit Sar, a Mandalay-based company which was registered last year, said that it will construct the village on a 16.2ha site close to U […]

Illegal hotels under spotlight as Bagan seeks heritage status

A government-backed campaign to have Bagan included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites has moved into a sensitive area following a decision by the Ministry of Culture to take action against hotels built illegally within the ancient city and temple complex. But it remains to be seen exactly what the government plans to do […]

YCDC, heritage trust to press on with conservation law

The release of two draft heritage protection laws last month blindsided Yangon’s main heritage preservation group and the municipal authorities, who have been working together on a conservation law to protect the city’s heritage buildings. However, both say a dedicated conservation law for Yangon will still be needed, even if the new draft laws are […]

Mandalay palace to be restored

MANDALAY, 3 April 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture has invited tenders to undertake a major renovation of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace in Mandalay. Eleven Myanmar media reported that this is the second tender for the renovation of the palace. The first tender was opened in 2013, but finalised. In July 2013, the Ministry of […]

Myanmar seeks UNESCO inclusion for Bagan

THE famed temples of Bagan could become Myanmar’s second UNESCO World Heritage site if the Ministry of Culture’s efforts pay off. Ministry sources told TTG Asia e-Daily that discussions have already been held with UNESCO representatives. Kyaw Oo Lwin, director general of the department of archaeology at the ministry, said: “I am confident that the […]

Demonstration to be held against hotel construction in Bagang hotels in Bagan without following the instruction to stop

The construction and expansion of private HOTELS IN Bagan in defiance of government orders is prompting a public group to come out in protest. Min Naing Aung, chairperson of Bagan Lovers Organization, said a protest will be held at Royal Rose Hall in Yangon on November 1. Preparations are underway to add the Bagan cultural […]

Zoning plans remain stalled

A zoning and land-use plan to protect heritage buildings and Yangon’s most important religious site, Shwedagon Pagoda, remains locked in endless rounds of discussions more than a year after the laws were proposed. Twenty Yangon townships have been earmarked for heritage protection under the as-yet-unwritten plans, a Yangon City Development Committee official said last week. […]