Myanmar Stands Proud With Bagan a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The ancient Archaeological Site, Bagan, becomes Myanmar’s second entry on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed the site on the list during its 43rd session, held in Baku of Azerbaijan on Saturday. Bagan includes more than 3,500 surviving stupas, temples, monasteries, fortifications and other monuments, according to the official inventory of the Department of Archaeology and National Museums, set in an extensive landscape that also features archaeological deposits and the remains of an ancient water-management system. To be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, sites must be of Outstanding Universal Value, meaning that their cultural significance is so exceptional that it transcends national boundaries and are of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity. Bagan is one of 36 nominations under consideration for the inscription, and the final decision on the nomination was carried out by the 21 members of the World Heritage Committee. In 2014, UNESCO added the Pyu Ancient Cities – Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra – to the list.