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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Myanmar

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

Myanmar is often considered a country stuck in time for its historical cities and remnants of ancient bygone eras which stand side by side with modern infrastructure. Home to a number of UNESCO sites as well as a tentative list of sites, there are plenty to explore on your trip to Myanmar.

Melaka and George Town

The historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Europe, mainly Portuguese and Dutch, and Asia have given the towns a unique multicultural heritage. George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century with buildings with unique architecture throughout the town.

Pyu Ancient Cities

Partly excavated archaeological site Pyu Ancient Cities includes the remains of three brick, walled and moated cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra located in vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Irrawaddy River basin. The city flourished for 1,000 years between 200 BC and AD 900. Today there are Buddhist stupas still standing throughout the site.

Inle Lake

Tentative list of sites

Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments

Bagan was the first capital city of Myanmar and contains more than 2,500 Buddhist monuments dating back to the 10th century. These monuments attract pilgrims from all over the country. The most reliable source of the kingdom’s history are inscribed on the stone walls throughout the city.

Inle Lake

The well preserved landscape of Inle Lake provides for local ethnic groups who rely on its water for life. There are a number of villages around the lake and floating across the water. The local fishermen have a unique way of fishing which many tourists visit the region to see for themselves.

Elephants in Burma

Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the country’s northwest region, the sanctuary is the largest protected area in the country. The sanctuary is a safe haven for globally threatened wildlife which includes the Asian Elephant, Tiger and White-bellied Heron.

Discover Myanmar’s UNESCO sites on one of our small group journeys or speak to our Asia experts about organising your private itinerary.