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Number of days for tourist visits to Bagan cut

MAUNG ZAW The Myanmar Times  JULY 3, 2018

The number of days that tourists can spend in Bagan’s ancient cultural zone has been reduced from five to three starting this month, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director general of the Department of Archaeology and National Museums, on Sunday.

“We feel the new number of the days is enough for a trip. Three days is enough to visit Bagan, as some countries only allow one-day visits to ancient historical sites,” he said.

Although the length of visits to Bagan has been reduced, the entrance fee for Bagan’s ancient cultural zone will remain unchanged at K25,000.

“If tourists stay here for more days, locals can earn more money. If they are here, the drivers of horse carts and motorcycle taxis have more opportunities to earn a living. Now, the officials have suddenly reduced the number of days visitors can stay. They decided to do this as though this will be a good thing,” said U Myint Soe, a horse cart driver in Bagan.

According to the director general, statistics for visitors to the Bagan ancient cultural zone showed that more than 90 percent stayed for three days, although they were allowed five days.

“Most of the tourists to Bagan take in the sights during the first two days of their stay. They then visit Poppa, Kyaukpadaung and Chauk. Now that the number of days they can spend in Bagan has been cut, tourists who want to use Bagan as a base to visit other townships nearby could face problems,” said U Kyaw Soe, a tourist guide in Bagan.

From: THE MYANMAR TIMES Tuesday July 3, 2018

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