Jun 1, 2015

Shwedagon needs protection

Specialists are calling on the government to protect Shwedagon Pagoda and the surrounding areas from over development.

Mr. Maw Lin, the vice president of the Association of Myanmar Architects stated that because of the historical and religious meaning of the pagoda, the government need to stay cautious when granting permissions for construction in this area.

A letter was sent from AMA to Mr. Thein Sein – the President, the ministers and the related ministries with an aim to call on the government for a protection project for the temple.

Dr Nyan Myint Kyaw, the civil professor of Yangon Technological University stated that although the pagoda had been strengthened in structure recently, there hasn’t been a survey on the pagoda’s underground water and foundation yet.

There is a suggestion that the surrounding areas be remained as a green area used for educational, recreational and cultural aims.

Visual pollution which is caused by the appearance of too many skyscrapers and offices is the main concern to the experts. This type of pollution deters tourists from having a good view of the temple.

Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous temples and tourist sites in Yangon.

The pagoda welcomed over 500,000 foreign tourists in 2014.


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