THE number of tourists visiting Bagan remains constant despite the recent earthquake that destroyed religious structures within the country’s archaeological heritage site, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The cultural area attracted slightly more foreign visitors this year than last year, with an official saying that nearly 150,000 tourists visited Bagan between January and August last year, while the same period this year saw more than 160,000.
The earthquake that struck Bagan on 24 August destroyed nearly 400 ancient pagodas and temples in the country’s most famous tourist area.
Experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation are engaged in renovation and repair work to the damaged pagodas in partnership with local archaeologists and technicians.
According to officials in the hotel zone, visitors still have access to 90% of the pagodas in the archaeological zone, where over 2,000 ancient pagodas and temples still stand.