August 20, 2016

Tourists visiting to Sri Ksetra rise in previous years

Sri Ksetra city. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
Sri Ksetra city. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

Over 6,000 foreign tourists visited the ancient Sri Ksetra city, listed as a World Heritage site, up until the end of February of the 2015-16 fiscal year, while the start of 2016 saw a rise in visitor numbers.
It is known that 3,548 foreign travellers visited the World Heritage site between April and December of 2015, with the first two months of this year seeing 2,598 foreign visitors.
“There are more foreign tourists visiting at the moment. Provisions have been made for foreign guests to get about the ancient city in the form of cattle driven carts, cars and motorcyles. Tourist police have also been stationed within the site for those tourists visiting around alone or in a group of two.” said Daw Aye Mya Thein, curator of the Sri Ksetra museum.
It is known that the numbers of foreign tourists that visited the ancient city during the 2014-15 fiscal year accounted for 8,768 while Myanmar visitors accounted for nearly 30,000.
“There has been an increase in tourists during the tourist season,” said U Kyaw Myo Win, deputy director of the Sri Ksetra based Department of Archaeology and Museum.
The trend of a rise in foreign tourists to Sri Ksetra is also evident in the numbers of local tourists to the site, although pricing discrimination remains in place with foreigners being charged K5,000 entry fees to access either the ancient city site or the museum, while Myanmar nationals can enter both free-of-charge.
The Minister of Culture has made it known that both foreign and domestic tourist numbers increased in the wake of the ancient Pyu cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Kestra, which were once the centres of Pyu cultural in Myanmar and located along a stretch of the Ayeyarwaddy river that runs though Myanmar’s central plains, were recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in June, 2014.— Myitmakha News Agency


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