Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 19:32
French tourists in Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone (Photo-Ko Naw (Bagan)/EMG)
Three dining areas have been selected for tourists to dine outside the walls of the ancient pagodas and temples of Bagan, an official from the Hotelier Association (Bagan Zone) said.
Tour companies must follow the rules and regulations set up by the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library before arranging outdoor dinners at the selected sites, which are located at the southern side of the Golden Palace, the northwestern side of the Dhammayangyi Temple, and O-htein Gone, the official said.
According to the department's 14 rules and regulations, the dining tables have to be at least 100 feet away from the walls of the pagodas and temples. Tour companies are also forbidden to dig earth and serve beer and alcohol.
Last October, locals staged a protest against the construction of new buildings and a “temple dinner” being served near one of the sacred sites in Bagan archaeological zone.
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