Moves to gain heritage recognition

June 22, 2017 by  
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RAKHINE STATE, 22 June 2017: Myanmar’s Mrauk U’s Department of Archaeology and the National Museum says surveys are being carried out to start the process that could ultimately lead to a UNESCO World Heritage site listing in 2019.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported teams are producing a map that will identify cultural heritage and are installing signs indicating heritage locations and drawing up a long-term management plan that could ultimately lead to filing an application with UNESCO.

The department director, U Nyein Lwin, was quoted saying work has started, but much needed to be done. A team of international experts are helping to survey the site and prepare a bid. Read more

Bagan redraws heritage zones

June 20, 2017 by  
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BAGAN, 20 June 2017: Bagan’s  World Heritage zone will skirt existing buildings and in some areas be extended to ensure communities do not lose residences or buildings.

The city is preparing its presentation, which will be the framework for a comprehensive request for UNESCO World Heritage recognition, but considerable pressure from residents who stood to lose property has now prompted revisions of the strict zoning that was earlier proposed.

Myanmar Times Bagan’s Department of Archaeology and National Museum director, U Aung Aung Kyaw, said the new zoning project will be completed by the end of this month. Read more

Myanmar lake recognised by UNESCO

June 19, 2017 by  
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KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 19 June 2017: Indawgyi Lake was designated as a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) of the UNESCO’s  network at the 29th session of MAB International Coordination Committee, held 12 to 15 June, at the UNESCO headquarter in Paris, France.

Goble New Light of Myanmar quoted Forest Department general director, Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, saying the designation as a MAB reserve is recognition of the value of its biodiversity.

“The government will further development efforts and cooperation with local residents for preservation of the lake and its surrounding areas.” Read more

UNESCO team checks Battambang

June 15, 2017 by  
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BATTAMBANG, 15 June 2017: A UNESCO delegation conducted study of Battambang, Monday, after the government flagged its intention to apply for World Heritage status for the provincial town.

Cambodia has indicated it will file documents to support the listing of three destinations in the country; Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying Battambang was the first of the three towns to be visited by UNESCO officials. Read more

Angkor ticket revenue soars

May 5, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 5 May 2017: Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD39.25 million during January to April, this year, up 60.21% compared with the same period last year.

The surge in revenue was attributed mainly to a 1 February increase in entrance fees, although the head count at the gate has also increases substantially.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted figures released by Angkor Enterprise, the state-owned institution in charge of Angkor income management. Read more

Cambodia to expand World Heritage status

April 18, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2017: Cambodia will summit a request to UNESCO to consider Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot as candidates for the prestigious World Heritage list by mid-June this year.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts confirmed submissions are being finalised that will be presented mid year to UNESCO.

The submissions will be presented when Cambodia hosts the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap, 10 to 15 June. Read more

Quang Nam’s tourism future bright

March 30, 2017 by  
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QUANG NAM, 30 March 2017: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on provincial authorities to take on board a plan to turn Quang Nam into an international tourism hub.

Tuoi Tre News quoted Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, saying Quang Nam has all the features and facilities to become a major tourism hub.

The central province is home to the world-renowned Hoi An ancient town, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Read more

Thailand proposes Phra That Phanom for heritage list

February 8, 2017 by  
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NAKHON PHANOM, 8 February 2017: The Thai Cabinet recently approved documents for Phra That Phanom temple that will be presented to UNESCO to officially propose the famous temple as a World Heritage site.

The documents were written and collated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Last week, the Cabinet approved a documented proposal “Phra That Phanom, Its Related Historic Building and Associated Landscape.” Read more

Cambodia assembles World Heritage bids

February 7, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 7 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will file documents to support bids to place Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Khmer Times reported the ministry was working on documents to file for the two temples, but the process is lengthy and could take two to three years to reach the final stage of consideration at the UNESCO annual general meeting.

Culture and Fine Arts Minister, Phoeung Sakona, was quoted saying the ministry started the process relating to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year. Read more

Laos proposes World Heritage site

January 31, 2017 by  
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KHAMMOUANE, 31 January 2017: Laos will present a final master plan for the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Khammouane province  to UNESCO in 2018,  for inclusion on the World Heritage list.

Earlier, officials said they would submit  documents this February, but the deadline has now been moved forward to 2018.

Submissions are not ready and officials admit it will take another year to complete in a manner that complies with UNESCO’s strict guidelines. Read more

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