Floods sink Myanmar pagoda

July 25, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 25 July 2017: Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead.

Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside pagoda sinking into the flood waters in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves.

Monk Pyinnya Linkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday last week. Read more

Pagoda wants UNESCO recognition

July 12, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 12 July 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture will  propose that Shwedagon Pagoda apply for UNESCO World Heritage status for a listing possibly by 2020.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees, believe World Heritage status would draw more tourists to Yangon.

An estimated 300,000 tourists visited Shwedagon Pagoda during the past five months of 2017, according to official statistics from the Shwedagon Pagoda board of trustees. Read more

Shwedagon raises fees

June 29, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 29 June 2017: Entrance fee for foreigners visiting Myanmar’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda will increase from 8,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats starting 1 December.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted a statement by the Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees, that confirmed, effective 1 December, the entrance fee for foreigners would increase to 10,000 kyats.

The price increase should have been introduced 1 June, but at the suggestion of The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) a grace period of six months was negotiated. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture noted that the new rate would impact on package tour operators, as prices were agreed on about a year in advance to publish in catalogues. Read more

Pagoda suspends price hike

June 6, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 6 June 2017: Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees has suspended its plan to increase entrance fees for foreigners from 8,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats.

Irrawaddy media reported the board planned to increase the fees from the beginning of June. The announcement had been made in early May.

The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) told the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture that the new rate would impact package tour operators, as packages were sold a year in advance. Read more

Huong Pagoda fees rise

December 14, 2016 by  
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HANOI, 14 December 2016: Fees to visit Huong (Perfume) Pagoda, will increase from VND49,000 (USD2.2) to VND78,000 (USD3.4) from the beginning of 2017.

Local media reported that the increase is the first since 2012.

“The increase will help to meet rising costs that have occurred during the past five years in order to maintain the relics on the site,” the pagoda’s management board said. Read more

Developers look for sites in Yangon

August 31, 2015 by  
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YANGON, 31 August 2015: Myanmar Investment Commission says the relocation of five cancelled real estate projects planned for sites close to Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda will be finalised by the end of the year.

Irrawaddy media quoted MIC secretary, Aung Naing Oo, saying investors would be given alternative plots in Yangon to compensate for the government’s  cancellation order last July.

However the news channel said government officials were demanding that developers first find suitable sites by negotiating with government departments that own most of the prime spots in the city.

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Threat to Shwedagon ends

July 10, 2015 by  
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YANGON, 10 July 2015: Myanmar government announced on state television, Tuesday night, that a controversial project that was under construction on a plot of land near the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon has been cancelled.

Irrawaddy media reported that the mixed-use project, which was backed by international investors and included a high-profile Dagon City luxury condominium building, was supposed to be built close to the city’s most sacred site, the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Critics of the project claimed that such a major undertaking so close to the pagoda would cause structural damage. They called for a halt to construction that had already started mainly on below-ground foundation work.

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