Amid a bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, renovation work following a quake in 2016 is still ongoing.
The non-native grass species requires a water supply that may affect the strength of the foundations of the ancient structures.
Thar Gyi stopped painting what was popular and started following his inspiration.
Temple’s walls had been replaced in 1996; officials say World Heritage application unaffected
Rains cause part of famous sunset-viewing spot Shwesandaw Pagoda to collapse.
Tour operators and industry officials report trip cancelations, drop in business.