Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:18
Tourists at the Shwehsandaw Pagoda waiting for the sunset (Photo-Ko Naw (Bagan)/EMG)
The terraces of five more of Bagan’s more than 2,200 ancient temples have been opened for visitors to watch sunsets and sunrises over the historic area, an official from the Department of Archaeology said.
They are Ywar Haung Gyi, Thitsarwaddy, Thagyarhit, Taung Guni and Myauk Guni temples. Tourists had been climbing the terraces of the last two even before they were added to the list, the official said.
Visitors to the temples must abide by rules and regulations designed to prevent erosion of the temples’ structures, including restrictions on visitor numbers, the official said.
Tourists to the ancient capital in Mandalay Region often seek a vantage point for a panoramic view of the pagoda-filled plains. The terraces of Shwesandaw Pagoda and Pyathadar Temple are among the most popular spots for viewing the plains, but with the number of tourists surging new areas are being opened to prevent overcrowding.
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