Pagoda wants UNESCO recognition

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.

The record indicates 78,054 tourists visited the pagoda in January, 77,062 tourists in February, 64,005 tourists in March, 40,789 tourists in April and 36,674 tourists in May. Thais were the top source followed by Chinese travellers.

Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the main tourist attractions of Yangon and an iconic landmark usually featured in skyline visuals of the city.

The entrance fee for foreigners visiting Myanmar’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda will increase from 8,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats starting 1 December.

In June 2014, UNESCO accepted the first inscription of a Myanmar heritage site; the Pyu Ancient Cities (includes the remains of three brick, walled and moated cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra located in vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River basin), to be included on the World Heritage List.