Mingun entrance fee to increase for foreigners

MANDALAY—The entrance fee for foreign visitors to the Mingun area in Sagaing Region will increase from Ks 3,000 to Ks 5,000 on October 1.

 “The Archeology Research Department currently collects an entrance fee of Ks 3000 from each foreign visitor. The department hands over the fees to the Sagaing Region Government Committee.  Under the new programme to begin on October 1, the staff of a tender-winning company chosen by the Region Government Committee will collect the entrance fee,” said a security officer in the Mingun area.

“The fee increase is good because the money will be spent on regional development tasks and on the renovation of ancient archeological buildings,” said Thida Lin, a freelance tour guide.

After paying the fee, foreign tourists can explore the Mingun area for up to five days.

On September 7, the Sagaing Region Government Committee invited competitive tenders from companies vying to collect the newly increased fees.

The winning company will receive a contract to collect the fees from October 1, 2015, until March 31, 2016.

Mingun is home to an uncompleted 18th-century pagoda built by King Bodawpaya that would have been the largest in the world. The world’s largest ringing bell, originally meant to accompany the unfinished pagoda, is also one of the area’s attractions.