Hotels Near Bagan Temples Can Stay Put For UNESCO Bid, Minister Says
NAYPYITAW — Religious Affairs and Culture Minister U Aung Ko said hotels will not have to be moved out of the Bagan Archeological Zone in order for Myanmar to nominate it for approval as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
He said the ministry would submit recently approved amendments to the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Regions Law to UNESCO, the UN’s culture and heritage body, by February. The amendments seek Bagan’s nomination as a World Heritage Site without having to move existing hotels out of the archeological zone or prevent new hotels from going up inside.
Bagan is home to some 3,000 pagodas and temples dating from the 9th to 13th centuries —when the Kingdom of Bagan ruled over much of lowland Myanmar — and is considered Myanmar’s main tourist draw, on par with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
Since 1994, the country has sought to register the area as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But its initial application was rejected for a lack of management plans addressing sub-standard, inauthentic restorations and because of controversial hotel developments in the archaeological zone completed under previous governments.
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