Myanmar’s ancient Pyu Kingdom enters UNESCO World Heritage List

Pyu Ancient Cities (Myanmar) Image Source: Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library
Three ancient cities from Myanmar’s Pyu Kingdom have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The Pyu Ancient Cities and Iran’s “Burnt City”, were inducted to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee in Doha on June 22.

The Pyu Ancient Cities of Beikthano, Sri Ksetra and Hanlin thrived from about BC 200 – AD 900 and are now partly excavated archaeological sites located in the dry zone of the Ayeyarwady Delta.

Archaeological discoveries included the brick walls of the moated cities, burial grounds, monumental Buddha stupas and water management features of which some are still in use.

Dr Than Myint U, the chair and founder of Yangon Heritage Trust, wrote on social media after the announcement was made, that the listing was important so other culturally and historically important sites in Myanmar could follow suite.

“The systematic conservation of these cities and other places [to become heritage listed] becomes more of possible,” Dr Than Myint U said.


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