(From Bangkok Post)

Tourism industry leaders in Bagan, Myanmar, have condemned a ministry of culture decision to ban visitors from climbing on ancient pagodas in the world-renowned archaeological zone.

Foreign tourists flock to view the sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan city in this file photo

Watching the sunset from the top of a pagoda is one of Bagan’s main tourism draw-cards, and is regularly cited as a “must-do” when visiting Myanmar.

But the ministry of culture said all climbing on pagodas will be banned from March 1, following public backlash against a video showing a song-and-dance performance on top of one structure, the Myanmar Times reported.

The move comes after a medical company conducted a cultural show on Pyathagyi Pagoda in the second week of February.

Dancing and singing on pagodas will have an “ugly impact” on Myanmar’s culture, the ministry said.

The ban will also ensure the pagodas are “maintained for the long term”, the ministry said. Read More

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