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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar aims for Mrauk U to join UNESCO list

MYANMAR’S archaeological zone of Mrauk U in Rakhine State is preparing to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture. Mrauk U contains some 200 Buddhist monuments such as temples, stupas and monasteries mostly built in the 15th and 16th centuries AD. It is also known […]