Myanmar lake named biosphere reserve

August 2, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 2 August 2017: Myanmar’s efforts to gain UNESCO recognition for natural and heritage sites sees the country’s largest freshwater lake designated a “Biosphere Reserve”.

It joins Inle Lake, in Shan State, which gained the same status from UNESCO in 2015.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing said the latest recognition would encourage efforts to gain World Heritage status for a number of sites around the country. Read more

Cambodia to link World Heritage

July 26, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 26 July 2017: Cambodia will develop heritage tourism packages now that it has three World Heritage sites under its belt.

The three World Heritage Sites are Angkor Wat, listed in 1992, Preah Vihear (2008) and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site in Kampong Thom province listed earlier this month.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the addition of Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site as a UNESCO world heritage would prompt new tour programmes. Read more

Duty of care at new heritage site

July 20, 2017 by  
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KAMPONG THOM, 20 July 2017: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the international committee responsible for preserving Angkor Wat to extend its cover to include the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site.

Khmer Times quoted Prime Minister Hun Sen saying the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) should broaden its remit to take care of the new world heritage site.

He said he had discussed the issue with Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona and informed the King of the proposal. Read more

Cambodia gains UNESCO listing

July 13, 2017 by  
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KAMPONG THOM, 13 July 2017: The Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site in Kampong Thom province was listed as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO late last week.

According to the UNESCO, the archaeological site was recognised along with Kulangsu, an international historic settlement in China and the historic city of Ahmadabad in India.

The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, “the temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, has been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla Empire that flourished in the late sixth and early seventh centuries CE. 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

Angkor’s price is spot on

July 5, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 5 July 2017: Ticket sale revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD52.1 during January to June, this year, up 66.8% when compared with the same period last year.

Xinhua News quoted figures released by Angkor Enterprise, the state-owned institution in charge of Angkor income management.

The report also claimed foreign visits to the World Heritage site rose 12.9% to 1.23 million visits during the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Read more

Angkor illegal sites to go

July 3, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 3 July 2017: Apsara Authority’s actions to restrict illegal construction in the Angkor Archaeological Park has gained support from the UNESCO representative in Cambodia.

Khmer Times quoted UNESCO representative in Cambodia, Anne Lemaistre, saying she supported Apsara Authority’s moves to  remove illegal buildings in zones 1 and 2 as it complied with the agreement between Cambodia and UNESCO.

“At the next ICC-Angkor meeting in December. We may hold a seminar on conservation protection, and I think that now we are really appreciating the process.”  Read more

Hue makes a cover-up call

June 30, 2017 by  
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THUA THIEN-HUE, 30 June 2017: Hue has issued strict regulations on what to wear when visiting monuments in an attempt to ensure visitors respect the heritage reflected in the palaces of the former Nguyen Dynasty.

Local media reported that the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, a group of local authorities that manages monuments in and around the former imperial capital, issued new regulations that tighten the dress code for visitors at historic monuments linked to the Nguyen Dynasty ( 1802 to 1945).

Effective 1 July, visitors must cover up to gain entrance to former palaces and temples where kings and their ancestors are worshipped. Read more

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

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