UNESCO listed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on July 6th, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated.
The recognition stresses the importance of the ancient city – which includes more than 3,500 stupas, temples, monasteries, fortifications and other monuments built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It is expected to revitalise Myanmar’s tourism as well.
The Myanmar government has pledged to reduce the impact of tourism development around the temples by removing all hotels from the existing archaeological sites to a dedicated hotel zone by 2028. Fulfilling this promise, and meeting other conservation targets, will be a key criterion for Bagan to sustain its World Heritage status.