Application for Mrauk-u as World Heritage site
An application for Mrauk-u in Rakhine State will be submitted to UNESCO to list the ancient archeological centre as a World Heritage site, said the Religious Affairs and Culture Minister.
MYANMAR is considering several ancient cultural sites, including Mrauku, for listing as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.
An application for Mrauk-u in Rakhine State will be submitted to UNESCO, said Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, on November 8.
The initiative was authorised by the President’s office and relevant committees and several sub-committees have been established for the task.
The inclusion of Mrauk-u on the UNESCO’S World Heritage list was first discussed on May 17, underlining the benefits of systematic management of the site by partnering with international entities for conservation of cultural heritage.
With the cooperation of Rakhine State government, experts and advisory committees, the applications is hoped to be submitted at UNESCO World Heritage conference in June 2018.
Preliminary work for the conformity of the dossier to UNESCO’S standards already started on August 21.
“In order for Mrauk-u to be labelled as a World Heritage Sites, respective committees, sub-committees, and groups are carrying out works which need to be continued,” the Union Minister said.
For now, there are no plans to nominate the ancient city, Tagaung in Thabeikkyin township of Mandalay Region in the list of World Heritage, he added.
“Tagaung is more ancient than Bagan; it’s over 1,000 years old. Its existence is nearly equal to the time of Tharay Khit Taya. There are very few evidences to prove its authenticity. We have to conduct research with historians and archaeologists by doing field study, which costs a lot,” he said.
“It is safer if they remain underneath the ground. When Myanmar becomes rich and develop, we will reveal them according to their historical importance. To know which site is important, researchers need to start doing research on Tagaung,” he added.
The Department of Archaeological and National Museum shortlisted several Myanmar wonders to accede to UNESCO’S World Heritage. Those include Padalin Cave, Inle lake, Hanlin, Beikthano and Tharay Khit Taya, Mon ancient cities such as Bago and Hanthawaddy, the monasteries of Konbaung period such as Ohn Tone, Sale, Pha Khan Gyi, Pha Khan Nge, Lel Kine, Saku and Shwe Kyaung and Bagan, among others.
Three Pyu’s ancient cities have already been recognised in June 22, 2014. Current applications focus on for Bagan and Mrauk-u cultural heritage districts and Shwedagon Pagoda.