Gov’t to submit final application for Bagan to UNESCO by January end

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A final application to have the Bagan Archaeological Zone listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site will be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) by the end of January 2018, according to a report in the City News yesterday.
The government has been conducting research to submit a final application since 2014 to get Bagan included in the world register. “We are now ready to submit an application to UNESCO by the end of this January. The World Heritage Site Committee will bring up the subject for deliberation at UNESCO’s 2019 World Heritage Site convention,” said U Kyaw Oo Lwin, Director General of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library that operates under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
In August 2016, Bagan pagodas were damaged by an earthquake, which were later renovated by archaeological experts from UNESCO, Myanmar and foreign countries. More than 300 pagodas were thus renovated.
There are some 193 member countries in UNESCO today. More than 1,000 sites from 167 countries have been listed by UNESCO.
The three ancient city-states of Pyu were Myanmar’s first entries to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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