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Despite world heritage status, Bagan’s future far from assured

BAGAN, Mandalay Region—Wandering along an unmarked dirt road in the freshly World Heritage-listed ancient city of Bagan in upper Myanmar almost always yields some sort of surprise. You may bump into a cluster of centuries-old red brick buildings, or a lone temple with unique architecture whose interior rewards visitors with the sight of murals dating […]

Govt calls for sustainable tourism investments in Tanintharyi

Amid a rise in the number of Chinese tourists and so called zero-dollar tours to Myanmar in the recent months, the government is now calling for sustainable and quality investments for Tanintharyi Region’s tourism industry. U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission and Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and U Ohn […]

Concerns may emerge when Bagan hotels, businesses are forced to move

On July 6, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Bagan as a World Heritage Site, marking Myanmar’s second entry to the list after World Heritage Status was granted to the ancient Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano in 2014. The ancient city has more than 3500 surviving stupas, temples, […]

Bangkok Airways expresses interest in opening routes to Bagan

Bangkok Airways, a Thai regional airline, is interested in opening a direct route between Bangkok and Bagan, which has just been accorded the World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Bagan, an ancient site of Buddhist temples, monasteries and fortifications in Mandalay Region, already popular with tourists, could see more interest now that it has finally […]

Bagan makes UNESCO list, but challenges remain

MANDALAY—After years of effort, Bagan, the archaeological zone and major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, was finally inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 43th session Saturday. Bagan, a major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, houses more than 3,000 pagodas and temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Despite […]

Bagan named UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bagan has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a quarter of a century after the ancient capital was first nominated. The recognition by the UN’s cultural body will serve to boost demand from both Western and Asian markets, the tourism industry says. But meeting conservation pledges and effective local governance will be critical […]

Chinese businesses moving into Bagan

Chinese nationals are starting businesses in Bagan, buying or renting hotels and restaurants, since early this year, according to local tourism and restaurant businesses. The proposal to list Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was submitted in 2018, could be one of the reasons for the interest, according to the businesses. Chinese nationals […]

Mandalay moves closer to e-government with data centre

The Mandalay regional government has launched a data centre as part of its efforts to implement an e-government system. “With this system, people will be able to observe the government’s performance and access government services more easily and quickly,” said Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung during the launch of the centre last Thursday. […]

Balloons Over Bagan soars to new state in Myanmar

Balloons Over Bagan, under Myanmar-based Memories Group, has launched a new hot-air balloon flight in Kayah State. Hot-air balloon rides in Loikaw take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight. Air time lasts one to two hours, and balloons will reach a maximum […]

Get All Myanmar aims high for rapid growth to expand overseas

WITH online to offline (O2O) platforms on the rise across Asia, Get All Myanmar Co, a locally owned enterprise that began commercial operations in February this year, is confident that it will be able to expand overseas in a few years, according to Nyein Chan Soe Win, the firm’s co-founder and chief executive. “We have […]