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!