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Myanmar’s first site, Ancient Pyu Cities, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Jun 23, 2014 11:09 IST

World Heritage Site ListAncient Pyu Cities on 22 June 2014 became the first site from Myanmar to be inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List. The Ancient Pyu Cities include three cities Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra.

The decision to include Myanmar’s first site on World Heritage list was taken at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Doha, Qatar.

Three cities Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra are located in Burma’s central Dry Zone and featured the walled remains of sites built by the Pyu dynasty.

The Pyu Kingdoms flourished for over 1000 years between 200 B.C and 900 A.D.

About Ancient cities

The Cities are located in vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River basin. The three cities are partly excavated archaeological sites.

Remains include excavated palace citadels, burial grounds and early industrial production sites, as well as monumental brick Buddhist stupas, partly standing walls and water management features – some still in use -  that underpinned the organized intensive agriculture.

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