More than Ks7,000 million was collected as entrance fees at the Bagan Archaeology Zone in 2017, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry (Bagan Zone).
Some 300,440 foreigners visited the Bagan heritage zone, paying an entrance fee of Ks25,000 per head.
The United States sent the largest number of visitors at 22,070, followed by the United Kingdom with 118,253 tourists. Some 17,718 Japanese, 15,356 French and 13,882 Germans were also registered among the list of visitors.
Most of the tourists are interested in enjoying the scenic beauty of ancient Bagan and riding hot air balloons, a service that is available during the open season. Tourists from European countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Germany, as well as Asian countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Taiwan, have shown keen interest in collecting antique goods.
Tourists like to explore cultural zones, such as the Bagan-Nyaung U cultural zone, Ava cultural site and Pyin Oo Lwin. In a bid to enhance tourism, the hotels and tourism ministry is making efforts to launch direct flights between Cambodia’s Siem Reap and Nyaung U airports.