Discussion underway to build more sunset viewpoints in Bagan region

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The Lawkananda pagoda is erected on the bank of the Ayeyawaddy River in Bagan. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The Archaeology and National Museum Department will convene a meeting to discuss whether more locations to watch the sunset can be built in the Bagan region, according to a report in the City News Daily.
Currently, three sunset locations have been built in the Bagan-Nyaung U region. Watching the sunset is an important attraction for foreign tourists, as well as local visitors to the Bagan region.
“The ministry of culture banned visitors from climbing ancient pagodas after an earthquake in August 2016. At that time, some pagodas with viewing sites were damaged. Therefore, the authorities have built sunset watching locations in the Bagan region,” said U Aung Kyaw Kyaw, director of the Archaeology and National Museum Department.
“Currently, we have built three sunset watching locations. However, we still need to discuss whether new locations can be built, and whether we will allow visitors to climb the ancient pagodas,” he added.
Authorities do not allow visitors to climb ancient pagodas, though some continue to climb them to watch the sunset.
The government is planning to submit a final application to have the Bagan archaeological zone listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site tothe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, by the end of January.

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