Myanmar’s ancient city gets set for world heritage listing

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Tourists take pictures of a damaged pagoda after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar on August 25, 2016. The earthquake struck while archeological experts were working for enlisting ancient city as one of the World Cultural Heritage. Reuters

YANGON (Xinhua) – The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will visit Myanmar’s ancient city Bagan in September for inspection assessment to decide whether the city should be placed into World Heritage list.

In accordance with the set rules and regulations, the council will inspect pagodas and building in the area to check whether the city meets the standards of the World Heritage site.

Meanwhile, awareness forums are being conducted by the Department of Archaeology and National Museum and charity organisations to broaden local people’s understandings and knowledge of the area for the sake of preserving the heritage of Bagan, which lies in the central part of the country with thousands of religious edifices and pagodas.

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According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Bagan Archaeological site was extended from 42 square miles to 62 square miles.

While working for enlisting Bagan Archaeological Zone as one of the World Cultural Heritage, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed some religious edifices and pagodas on August 24, 2016.

The restoration works were being done by experts to maintain their original shape, form and value.

The world heritage committee will adjudicate on the second submission of Bagan in June or July 2019. So we will continuously watch whether Bagan will become the next world heritage-cultural site of Myanmar.

Myanmar already ascended to the UNESCO world heritage – cultural site status in 2014 for three Pyu ancient cities: Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra.

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