Contact Bagan’s Archaeological Department before buying land

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Land plots adjacent to pagodas in the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone. Photo: Bagan Arch

In order to avoid financial losses when purchasing land plots in the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone, the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Bagan Branch) can be contacted prior to any purchase, according to the department.
A total of 56,689.21 acres with 12,342.29 acres of the property area and 44,346.29 acres of the buffer area includes two cities — NyaungU and Bagan –— and 41 villages, it announced.
The department preserves the cultural heritage of 3,595 pagodas in the property area and 242 in the buffer area, a total of 3,837 ancient buildings for the sake of quality, value and integrity of each race in a country, which will enable the love and honour with national spirit.

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Location map of the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone. Photo: Bagan Arch

To maintain the landscape and farming along the ancient buildings, which are also a lovable heritage, the 5th meeting of the Bagan National Coordinating Committee (BAGANCOM) held at the department on 8 October 2020 resolved to restrict the granting of industrial and commercial land leases and other uses of farms inside the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone and to allow them only outside the zone.
Since land-use permits cannot be granted for vacant farmlands outside the urban areas within the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone, those who want to buy these plots for various purposes, such as creating residential areas, shops or religious buildings, may face financial losses, the department warned.

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Land plots adjacent to pagodas in the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone. Photo: Bagan Arch

The Integrated Management Framework (5.2) of Bagan also describes the need to fully protect the urban areas, restrict development activities, disallow any construction work in areas where there are no buildings yet, and follow the rules for landscaping in the cultural zone.
People are therefore advised to contact the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Bagan Branch), which is responsible for the preservation of the cultural heritage, before buying land in Bagan to avoid financial losses. — MT/ZN/ED

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