Monthly Archives: September 2017

Proposal for designation of Mrauk U as World Cultural Heritage Zone

An ancient temple in MraukU. Photo Win Min Soe (District IPRD)

U Tun Ohn, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, said that a draft proposal asking for designation of Mrauk U as a world cultural heritage zone will be submitted in September 2018, in meeting with members of the implementation committee over suggestions on Rakhine State and responsible officials from Maungtaw district.
To initiate the preparation for designating the Mrauk U region as a world cultural heritage zone, the Rakhine State Government will spend Ks38.5 million.
“There are three kinds of heritage — cultural heritage, natural heritage and mixture heritage — culture and nature. Mixture heritage is the kind such as Inlay Lake. Mrauk is cultural heritage. So arrangements are being made to have the Mrauk U region enlisted as a world cultural heritage site. On completion of the preparation tasks, the proposal (draft) will be compiled and submitted to UNESCO in September 2018. After that, a board consisting of 21 countries in UNESCO will make a survey in Mrauk U IN 2019 to decide the designation as a cultural heritage zone by voting”, U Tun Ohn said,
If Mrauk U is designated as a world cultural heritage site, data collection will be carried out for conservation of other areas in Rakhine State, it was learnt. If it can be implemented, building up an airport in Rakhine State and upgrading the tourism industry in the area will be carried out in consultation with respective ministries and, other economic enterprises and industries related to the region will develop.

News Min Htet Aung, Tin Maung Lwin

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Tourism in Mandalay sees increase in arrivals in early peak season

Tourists visit pagoda in Mandalay. Photo: Maung Pyi Thu

WITH the introducing of new Mandalay-Bangkok-Yangon and Mandalay-Hong Kong flights at Mandalay International Airport, the number of international visitors to the country has significantly increased in early peak season.
According to the directorate of hotels and tourism, Mandalay hosted 203,145 foreign travelers between January and August.
This time last year, a total of 194,520 tourists entered the region. The majority of visitors are from China, Thailand, India, Singapore and Viet Nam. Citizens of Japan, Austria, New Zealand, Britain and the US also visited the region through border points of entry. They trips to Bagan-Nyaung U, Buddhist archaeological site, Mandalay Cultural Zone, the Ava ancient city continue all year round.
A scenic hill town PyinOoLwin is one of attractions in Mandalay and it is always crowded with visitors at home and abroad.
The directorate of hotels and tourism estimates that tourists arrivals in Mandalay is likely to increase than that of previous year.—Maung Pyi Thu (Mandalay)

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Indian gov’t nods for signing MoU for Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Pagodas at Bagan

A woman walks past a damaged pagoda after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Indian government has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar for the conservation of earthquake-damaged pagodas at Bagan yesterday, according to New Kerala in India.
The MoU is expected to be signed during the visit of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Myanmar during 6-7 September 2017, said the report.
Implementation of the project will further strengthen India’s enduring ties in culture and religion with Myanmar. It will also generate immense goodwill for India among the people of Myanmar due to the religious significance as well as the touristic significance of the project.
It will also contribute to India’s development partnership with Myanmar. Bagan is one of the premier tourist attractions of Myanmar. It will be an opportunity to showcase India’s expertise in the restoration and conservation of monuments not only to the people of Myanmar but also to the tourists from other countries.
On 24 August 2016 an earthquake in Bagan region destroyed various pagodas and religious buildings.
Bagan, once a significant city in Myanmar, had over 2,200 pagodas, stupas, monastaries and other structures left from the thousands built between the 11th and 13th century.
The earthquake which occurred at 5pm on 24 August last year measured 6.8 on the Richter Scale and ruined 389 pagodas in Bagan and 3,133 pagodas and stupas in the greater Bagan region.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Yangon police install 411 CCTVs in 25 townships

Workers install CCTV in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Yangon regional police have installed 411 CCTVs in 25 townships of Yangon in an effort to reduce crime, according to a report in the Myawady Daily yesterday.
The CCTVs have been installed in nine townships in the East district, six townships in the West district, five townships in the South district and five townships in the North district. There are altogether 411 CCTVs at 168 points in 25 townships.
The CCTVs will be monitored from control centres which are located at township police stations. Police will monitor the cameras and arrest those who are seen committing crimes, said superintendent of police Hla Wai from the Yangon regional police commander’s office.
Police have already installed 15 CCTVs at the Pazundaung night bazaar for the safety of the shoppers, said an official from Yangon City Development Committee.
To be able to reduce the crime in the Yangon Region, a combined team comprised of Yangon regional police and ward-based teams have been undertaking law enforcement measures since June 2016.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar