The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMS) will decide if Bagan should be placed on UNESCO’s world heritage list. The council will inspect the pagodas and buildings in the Bagan area, in accordance with ICOMS’ set rules and regulations.
“Officials from ICOMS will visit Myanmar in September, but the date of this visit has not been fixed yet. Arrangements have been made to put the ancient area on UNESCO’s world heritage list. However, in spite of local efforts to do so, we’re not sure if it will be included or not,” said U Aung Kyaw Kyaw, director of Archaeology and National Museum Department. The Bagan region was previously nominated to UNESCO’s world heritage list in 1996. However, it was not successful due to the sub-standard conditions of some pagodas. Recently, a second proposal was put forth in February of this year.
“In 2015, pagodas were renovated in their original designs, in accordance with designated plans and other procedures from the Archaeology and National Museum Department. After these procedures had been successfully carried out, submission of documents to UNESCO’s world heritage organization was carried out,” U Aung Kyaw Kyaw added.
As many as 4,446,733 pagodas were used as places of worship since the ancient dynastic period in Bagan.