Myanmar’s temple city Bagan added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list


During its meeting in Baku, the World Heritage Committee inscribed seven cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.

Lying on a bend of the Ayeyarwady River in the central plain of Myanmar, Bagan is a sacred landscape, featuring an exceptional range of Buddhist art and architecture. The property bears spectacular testimony to the peak of Bagan civilisation (11th–13th centuries CE) when the site was the capital of a regional empire. This ensemble of monumental architecture reflects the strength of religious devotion of an early Buddhist empire.