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Bagan Temples Under Threat From Unwise Repair Work

7 October 2013

Burma’s ancient temples at Bagan are under threat from hasty repair work, according to a former consultant for Unesco, quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). According to AFP, about 2,000 of the more than 3,000 temples in Mandalay Division have been renovated, “many with hastily done stone and plaster work, using bright orange bricks and other modern materials.” Pierre Pichard, a former consultant who helped restore some of the temples after a 1975 earthquake, told AFP some renovations were contrary to international standards. “Several hundred monuments have been completely rebuilt. It has obviously damaged the historical landscape,” the architect said.