BAGAN IS NOW A UNESCO HERITAGE SITE!

BAGAN IS NOW A UNESCO HERITAGE SITE!

The wait is over!

Myanmar’s gem “Bagan” now is finally recognized as a UNESCO heritage. The news was 

announced on July 6th 2019, by the 21-member World Heritage Committee meeting held in 

Baku, Azerbaijian. The long waited application started since 1995, but due to some 

conflicted issues such as over renovations, buildings were mended according to the local 

procedures, which did not meet the international standards, as well as not having enough 

maintenances towards the value of the historical and heritage sites.

Therefore, in recent years, the local government has been focusing on fixing the errors and 

mistakes so that the landmark can finally get recognised, hoping the recognition will improve 

local economy as well as the country’s tourism as a whole.

Although the country has already had three existing UNESCO sites, which are the ancient Pyu 

cities of Sri Ksetra, Hanlin and Beikthano, they are not much of the face of the country, so 

they did not provide much help. But, since Bagan is one, we can hope that the tourism rate 

will bloom overtime, and more people will be familiar with Myanmar, and mark the place as 

one of the places they need to put up on their travel bucket list!

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