The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture explained why the current ban on climbing the Bagan pagodas had been imposed. The ministry released a statement saying that temple climbing was a risk for travellers and there were four serious falls from pagodas in 2016 and 2017 before the ban, as well as one death.
The statement also said: ‘As the pagodas and temples in the Bagan ancient cultural zone were built between the 11th and 13th centuries, they are now 800 to 900 years old. The pagodas have also suffered from natural disasters since then and therefore there could be unpredictable dangers of falling debris at the pagodas.
The other reasons explained in the statement are that the pagodas’ stairways are often too steep to climb. The terracotta plaques at the terraces of the pagodas also risk being damaged. Also, some of the wide pagodas built without a central pivot are not capable of supporting the weight of 100 visitors and means a sort of collapse might happen.