Myanmar kicks off Shwedagon Pagoda application for UNESCO listing

Myanmar’s culture-minister has confirmed the process of getting the nation’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List has begun. Speaking to reporters, Thura Aung Ko said an international team had already recorded the dimensions and features of the Yangon pagoda.

He continued by saying these had been sent to UNESCO specialists in Paris where they would be checked for their veracity. The committee has MMK80 billion earmarked for the conservation of Shwedagon and this is currently lodged with the Myanmar Economic Bank. 

Aung Ko is the chairperson of the committee with responsibility for the application. The committee is multi-talented and includes architects and engineers plus the board of trustees and the head of Yangon council.

The committee is aiming to get Shwedagon added to the UNESCO list by September of 2019. The pagoda is one of two important monuments Myanmar is trying to obtain UNESCO status for. The other is the former Rakhine kingdom capital of Mrauk U.

12GO ASIA’s travel specialists say Shwedagon likely pre-dates the Roman Empire and is a fitting testament to Myanmar’s culture and heritage. 12GO ASIA offers ticketing services for travel to Yangon from the likes of Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.




Talks on high speed Bangkok Phitsanulok rail link speed up

Thailand’s transport-minister says construction of a hi-speed rail link from Bangkok to Phitsanulok should kick off in 2019. Speaking to reporters at the weekend, Akhom Termpithayaphaisit said the final blueprints for the Thai-Japanese project were being draughted.

20 November 2017

Bangkok Siam Paragon mall to host Harry Potter Xmas expo

An interactive Harry Potter expo is heading for a central Bangkok shopping mall this Christmas festive season. Christmas in the Wizarding World will open at the Siam Paragon Mall on the 17 December and provide fans of the magic adventures with the opportunity of roaming some of the most famous scenes.

20 November 2017

Malaysia national zoo sends beloved panda cub to China

A two-year-old panda cub born at Malaysia’s national zoo was dispatched to her spiritual homeland of China on Tuesday. Zookeepers at Zoo Negara near Kuala Lumpur and Malaysian government officials wished Nuan Nuan all the best for the flight to her new home at a panda centre in Chengdu.

17 November 2017