7,000+ properties listed for cultural heritage preservation

Over 7,000 heritage buildings preserving architectural, historical and cultural heritage value have been protected across the country under the Protection and Preservation of Ancient Monuments Law 2015, said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Administration Division). Those cultural heritage buildings are preserved under three effective heritage conservation practices.
The Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Zones Law was enacted in 1998. Myanmar keeps preserving ancient buildings that hold immense value in terms of history, culture, and architecture but are not located within the cultural heritage sites under the Protection and Preservation of Ancient Monuments Law 2015. Prior to the enactment of those laws, more than 6,800 ancient buildings were preserved in 1972. After that, over 240 more buildings were added to the heritage conservation list. The law covers over 100-year-old properties. The old buildings should be preserved depending on their cultural symbolism, historical significance, and architectural value. Over 200 more buildings were found for preservation in late 2022 in different regions and states. This year, 39 more buildings were added to the heritage conservation list,” U Aung Aung Kyaw elaborated.
Those 39 newly listed heritage buildings recognized in March 2024 are located in Nay Pyi Taw Council area (one building), Mandalay Region (eight), Yangon Region (eight), Ayeyawady Region (12) and Rakhine State (10). — ASH/KK

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