People visit the Ananda Buddhist temple in Bagan on Saturday. AFP
UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.
The decision recognises the importance of the central Myanmar site — which includes more than 3,500 stupas, temples, monasteries and other structures built between the 11th and 13th centuries — and will likely be a boon to Myanmar’s tourist industry.
A general view of ancient pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar, on Saturday. AFP
The Myanmar proposal to list the site was approved at a meeting of the UN’s cultural body in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites recommended the listing, noting that Myanmar had adopted a new heritage law and had formed plans to reduce the impact of hotels and tourism developments around the temple.
A tourist takes photos of an ancient pagoda complex in Bagan. AFP
Myanmar had reversed some "inappropriate conservation interventions,” the body said, noting that Bagan was important for its historical significance and as a place of continuing Buddhist worship.
Buddhist devotees visit the Sulamani ancient pagoda in Bagan. AFP
Bagan was first nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995, but the military junta that ruled the country at the time was accused of ignoring experts’ advice on restoration efforts and the nomination was rejected.
Earthquakes have also damaged the ancient structures, most recently in 2016 when nearly 200 temples were damaged by a 6.8 magnitude quake.
People visit the Ananda Buddhist temple in Bagan. AFP
Myanmar has renewed efforts to list the site since a transition from military rule began in 2011.
"Bagan is living heritage, having endured all forms of challenges for more than a thousand years,” said Myanmar diplomat Kyaw Zeya, speaking on behalf of the Myanmar delegation at the Baku meeting.
"Today we are celebrating the joyous moment of the successful inscription of Bagan in the World Heritage List. Afterwards we will continue our efforts on conservation and management of Bagan so that this treasured heritage will remain for another thousand years.”
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