Four people were killed, 68 stupas and temples in Bagan in Myanmar were destroyed during the powerful earthquake of 6.8 on the Richter scale.
According to Myanmar Times, the Department of Sponsoring and Resettlement of Myanmar confirmed that there were 68 stupas and temples in Bagan which were destroyed; four people were killed by the earthquake happening in 08/24/2016…
The epicenter of the earthquake was near Chauk, a town near the Ayeyarwady River about 30km south of Bagan. This is the most famous archaeological site of Myanmar and home of more than 2,500 Buddhist monuments.
A tourist police in Bagan said that some famous temples were damaged by the earthquake. He added that the destruction was ” serious ”.
According to local authorities, a traveler woman was injured during the visit of “The City of Millions of Temples.” Pakkoku, a small town at 25 km from the northeast of Bagan, the center of Myanmar tourism industry was also seriously damaged.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Information of the country has confirmed: “About 100 famous temples in Bagan, mainly built between the 11th and 13th century were damaged. This is a huge loss because Bagan is the first tourist destination in Myanmar “.
With an area of over 100 km2, in the past, Bagan had about 13,000 temples, pagodas … But until now, there are only 2000-3000 temples. Bagan is a magnificent collection of ancient and impressive architectural masterpieces… that can be comparable to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia…. Bagan in Myanmar is admired by travelers also thanks to its peaceful, majestic but simple beauty.
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