Historic Konbaung era Kway Chaung fort needs base camp for visitors

Bagan GIS Team 1
The bird’s-eye view of the historic Konbaung-era Kway Chaung fort. Photo: Bagan GIS Team

A base camp at the historic Kway Chaung fort of the Konbaung era kings is necessary for tourist recreation and business opportunities, U Kyaw Myo Win, director at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture (Bagan Division) suggested.

Kway Chaung fort was built in 1860. It took three years to build it and it was a historic site as the British naval vessels had to overcome it difficultly due to its strategic location.

Built a year earlier than near-by Minhla fort, Kway Chaung fort was systematically constructed with a specific location for fighting elephants.

Bagan GIS Team 2
The bird’s-eye view of the historic Konbaung-era Kway Chaung fort. Photo: Bagan GIS Team

“It is a big Konbaung era fort with a very good architect. It needs a base camp for visitors to rest at a distance from the fort without disturbing the view. From this camp, business opportunities for locals such as gift shops, cold drinks, a rest hall or toilets can be arranged. This will reduce the need for public to eat and relieve oneself inside the fort,” he said.

A fort like Kway Chaung, if it were in Europe, could seek world heritage status and there are many forts that have been designated as world heritage sites.

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