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June 20, 2019

Rates for camera, video permits in Bagan cultural zone revised downwards

File photo shows the view of Bagan in Mandalay Region, one of the tourist attractions of Myanmar. Photo: Khaing Set Wai

The Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Bagan) has revised its fee for issuing photography and filming permits in the Bagan ancient cultural zone, following which, the rates for camera permits have become lower compared to earlier.
“After discussions at the Ministry of Information, the fees for photography, documentary, and movie-filming permits were reduced,” said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director, Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Bagan).
The old rates were K500,000 per day for filming movies and videos, and K100,000 for photography. The rates have been lowered to K100,000 for video and movie filming, and K30,000 for commercial filming with still cameras. Foreigners will have to pay the foreign currency equivalent of the set rates.
Staff from the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Bagan) will not accompany film crews for day shoots. But for night shoots, two staff members will accompany the crew as part of security measures, for a service charge of K10,000 each. The in-charges of film crews will have to provide information about shooting sites and the purpose of filming. They will have to sign a pledge, agreeing to abide by the rules, and they will be liable for actions of their crew.
“The rules have been released. Film crews will now have to inform the pagoda’s board of trustees and related officials. Mural paintings in Bagan and the Bagan archaeology museum cannot be filmed without a permit. Movie and video filming will have to be approved by the Nay Pyi Taw office. Film crew will be required to follow the rules,” said U Aung Aung Kyaw.
Film crews will be required to keep the locations of shooting clean. They will be required to treat local visitors and tourists with respect. Any acts which hurt Myanmar religion, customs, and traditions will be strongly prohibited, he added.

—Khaing Set Wai
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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