Shwedagon Pagoda to be Discussed as World Heritage Site Nominee

​​ RANGOON — Shwedagon Pagoda will be discussed as an addition to a UNESCO tentative list that will inform future World Heritage nominations, according to a UNESCO Rangoon announcement on Friday. Meetings between UNESCO and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture will be held at Rangoon’s Department of Archeology and National Museum office on […]

IFC Clarifies Bagan Loan to in-Limbo Hotel, While Govt Says Status Remains Up in The Air

The International Finance Corporation’s funding of a local hotel developer whose Bagan tourism project remains in limbo is dependent on government approval, the IFC clarified yesterday. On October 22 the IFC announced a loan of US13.5 million to United International Group, which owns Amata Hotel Group, to expand on its hotel developments at Bagan and Inle lake. […]

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 […]

Bagan Struggles to Get UNESCO Recognition

The government will struggle to enlist the ancient city of Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Daw Sandar Khin, deputy union minister for Culture, said. “To enlist Bagan as a World Heritage site should not be very difficult but there are some problems such as having a small number of dedicated staff and scarcity […]

Mrauk U, Loikaw among new destinations in Myanmar

MYANMAR is witnessing the emergence of new tourism destinations as tour operators strive to cater to visitors looking for experiences beyond the Big Four of Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Khiri Travel, for example, will offer from October a new tour linking Bagan and Mrauk U. Located in the restive Rakhine State, Mrauk U […]