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The an­cient city of Ba­gan was once the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural cen­tre of Myan­mar, with 10,000 Bud­dhist tem­ples, pago­das and monas­ter­ies dot­ting the land­scape. But the city lies in an ac­tive earth­quake zone, and to­day, just over 2,000 of those build­ings re­main. Thanks to a new project called Open Her­itage, you can use your smart­phone, tablet, desk­top com­puter or VR head­set to fly over or wan­der through Ba­gan and ex­plore its ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and an­cient art. CyArk, a dig­i­tal preser­va­tion non-profit, has col­lected 3D laser scans and pho­to­graphic data in over 100 his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant sites. They’ve part­nered with Google Arts and Cul­ture to cre­ate a plat­form to open source that info, and cre­ate mod­els that any­one can ex­pe­ri­ence, start­ing with Ba­gan. Over the page, we talk to the man re­spon­si­ble for cap­tur­ing it.

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