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Three earth hills ready to enjoy Bagan scenes and seven more come

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Three manmade earthen hills have been established as sites for travellers to admire the beauty of Bagan’s scenery at sunset and dawn and there will be seven more additions to these three according to an official of Nuaung U District General Administration Department.

The three hills are Komauk built in 17 feet in height and 180 in length with a capacity of 360 viewers; Nyaungletphet in 16 feet and 500 feet with a capacity of 1000 viewers; and Sulamani in 17 feet and 168 feet.  They all are located nearby Anauk Phwarsaw Village and Sulamani Temple.

 
“Tests surveying if there is harm being done to the heritage are being carried out in order to determine if we will build more earth hills,’’ U Khin Zaw, deputy district officer of General Administration Department, said.



 Prohibition of climbing the pagodas and temples for viewing Bagan landscapes were made by authorities concerned as the Bagan pagodas are old and have become weak and even less durable after being damaged by natural disasters.

 “Buddha pagodas are holy places for the Buddhists and having alcohol drinks, wearing foot ware at the pagodas is not appropriate,” said U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Archeology and National Museum in Bagan.

 There has been one death from the four incidents with travellers who fell down from pagodas in Bagan.

Despite starting out with small numbers of local and foreign travelers using the hills, now the hills are busy with the visitors. The Bagan region received nearly 300,000 travellers within 2017. 



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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."

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