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Culture Ministry bans visits to Bagan’s ancient temples

IMG_9168 72The Ministry of Culture announced a ban on visits to the ancient pagodas in Bagan via social media yesterday.
According to the ministry’s announcement, visitors will not be allowed in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient pagodas and stupas as of 1 March. The ministry explained the decision as part of an effort to conserve Myanmar’s cultural heritage.
The announcement also stated that crowds of visitors at the pagoda posed a risk to the durability of the edifices in the area, where there are more than 3,000 ancient buildings.
Moreover, the announcement said, visitors are often found dancing and sleeping in the ancient temples, despite the existing restrictions on such behaviour.—Myanmar News Agency

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