December 16, 2016

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Ministry to designate no-go hotel zones in Bagan

New zoning laws will aim to ensure that Myanmar’s bid to have Bagan listed as a UNEESCO site is successful – but will likely require several hotels to be demolished

Magnificent temples and pagodas mushroom in Bagan ancient cultural region. Photo: Honey Win
Magnificent temples and pagodas mushroom in Bagan ancient cultural region. Photo: Honey Win

WITH the aim of having the ancient city of Bagan added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will designate cultural heritage zones in Bagan.
A ministry spokesperson said yesterday that modern buildings located in restricted zones pose a major threat to the chances of making a successful bid to UNESCO.
The ministry designated the first three ancient zones back in 1991.
According to the law, hotels, motels and businesses are permitted to operate in what is known as preserved zones, but not the remaining zones. Currently, there are around 120 hotels in Bagan, most of which were established before designations were made, and as a result are situated in restricted zones. The ministry will also take measures aimed at the eventual UNESCO listing of Mrauk-U of Rakhine State, Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda in Mon State and Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Region.

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