Bagan bans hotels near pagodas

BAGAN, 15 October 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will designate cultural heritage zones in Bagan to help to speed up the process to gain UNESCO world heritage list status.

The government’s official media outlet, Global New Light of Myanmar, reported that building rules will be adapted to ensure real estate developers do not encroach on areas near the ancient monuments.

New zoning laws will help Myanmar to win support for Bagan to be listed as a UNESCO site.

According to the law, hotels, motels and businesses will not be allowed in zones next to historical sites.

inside no 3Currently, there are around 120 hotels in Bagan and many of them are close to historical sites, but they were built before building laws were changed.

Bagan is an ancient city located in Mandalay Region built between the 9th and 11th centuries, when some 55 Buddhist kings ruled the Bagan Dynasty.

Bagan Archaeological Zone covers about 42 sq km (16 miles) and has more than 3,000 pagodas.

Last year, there were more than 240,000 tourists who visited the ancient city and they generated USD4.1 million in tourism-related revenue.

Myanmar has nominated 14 sites for inclusion on the World Heritage List, including Mandalay’s ancient kingdoms and Mrauk U in Arakan State. So far, only the ancient cities of Pyi have been added to the prestigious list.