From boom to bust for Bagan hotels

The humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine and jailing of two Reuters journalists have hit hospitality businesses in Bagan hard, industry players admitted. But the problem goes beyond these two factors, they said. The government’s lack of law enforcement and absence of infrastructure support have throttled hotels and tourism. On a recent visit, a herd of […]

Still no Decision on Hotels in Bagan Zone

The government is yet to decide on what to do with the hotels in Bagan heritage zone, even as the UNESCO has been suggesting their relocation since 2013. “UNESCO suggested the transfer of the hotels and buildings in heritage zone to other places since 2013, but no action has been taken yet,” UNESCO’s national project officer […]

Myanmar’s Preservation Man Pursues Dream Museum

YANGON — Khin Shwe does not like to be called a “crony” — the label used to describe the wealthy Myanmar businessmen who enjoyed close relations with the previous military regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe (1992-2011). “Now, all the Myanmar people think cronies are no good, and even the government doesn’t want to work […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]