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The temples of Bagan, Myanmar. Source: Painting Cat / Adobe Stock.

Restoring The 11th Century Temples of Bagan (Videos)


Myanmar's ambitious endeavor to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the 11th-century temples of Bagan signals a significant commitment to preserving this invaluable cultural heritage site. Ravaged by an earthquake and subjected to ill-conceived restoration efforts in the past, these ancient temples are in dire need of careful and meticulous restoration. The history enshrined within Bagan's temples is irreplaceable, with their stunning architectural grandeur and spiritual significance drawing visitors from across the globe. However, the earthquake damage and prior hasty renovations have posed serious threats to their integrity.

Myanmar's current restoration plans demonstrate a more thoughtful approach. By seeking UNESCO's recognition, they are not only acknowledging Bagan's global significance but also pledging to uphold international conservation standards. This effort must prioritize authenticity over haste, ensuring that the temples retain their historical character. With an eye toward careful restoration, Myanmar aspires to breathe new life into these ancient structures while preserving their historical essence. As this endeavor unfolds, it holds the promise of not just restoring temples but also safeguarding a living record of human history for generations to come.

Top image: The temples of Bagan, Myanmar. Source: Painting Cat / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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