More than 3,000 ancient monuments inventoried in Bagan

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File photo shows the aerial view of Bagan, Mandalay Region. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA) announced there are a total of 3,822 monuments in the ancient site of Bagan archaeological zone, according to a report in the City News Daily yesterday.
The AMA has decided to conduct an inventory of ancient monuments after an earthquake shook Bagan on 24 August 2016.
“The reason why we did the record as soon as possible is to know the real number of monuments after earthquake has destroyed the monuments,” said U Maw Linn, the vice chairman of the AMA. “The record will be very useful. The record can also determine if the monuments are original designs or not.”
The last inventory was conducted by French architect Pierre Pichard from UNESCO between 1982 and 1991. He listed 2,834 monuments.
AMA recorded 3,699 monuments in the ancient area and the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library also recorded an additional 123 monuments omitted by AMA.
Recently, Myanmar’s Culture Ministry banned visitors from climbing ancient pagodas to protect the structures in its bid to acquire a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Bagan by 2019.—City News

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