Bagan has been tipped for UNESCO World Heritage site status and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Also known as Pagan, it has more than 2,200 structures including pagodas and temples constructed from the 10th to the 14th centuries. Many are in disrepair while others have been restored in recent years, aided by the UN cultural agency UNESCO.
A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, killing at least three people and damaging pagodas in the ancient Buddhist temple city of Bagan. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres, was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh.
At least 94 brick pagodas in Bagan were damaged, the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs said in a statement. (CBCNews)
Bagan, located in an active earthquake zone, had suffered from many earthquakes over the ages. A large earthquake with magnitude 6.5 hit Bagan area on 8 July, 1975.
Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)