Government expects to receive 3 million visitors to Myanmar’s ancient city, Bagan, a year after it is listed in
World Heritage Sites, local newspaper 7 Day reported.
Thura Aung Ko, minister for religious affairs and culture, compared to the potentiality of the site located in
central Myanmar with Cambodia’s Ang Kor Wut.
The minister said it is estimated to receive 3 million visitors to the site in coming five years after it was
recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
"Ang Kor Wut in Cambodia receives about five million visitors a year and the country estimates to get 10
million visitors in coming five years. We also expects three million visitors a year for Bagan after it is listed in
UNESCO's list,” he said.
More than 240,000 visitors came to Bagan in 2015-2016 fiscal year and the number of visitor was increased to
over 290,000 in 2016-2017 fiscal year.
An official from UNESCO Myanmar said the decision on listing Bagan in World Heritage List will be made in
The government targets to submit Bagan UNESCO World Heritage Site application in September.
Ref: 7 Day