PHOTO: Bagan, Myanmar, is expected to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
In Yangon, Myanmar, authorities have said that they will crack down on tour guides who allow their visitors to wear shoes into pagodas, says a report in Traveller.
"Legal action will be taken if tourists do not abide by the rules of our country," Aung Aung Kyaw, the director of the Bagan Department of Archaeology, tells Traveller.
The area, which is expected to become a UNESCO World Heritage listed site in 2019, is one of the country’s most iconic attractions and climbing the temples is a popular activity.
“According to Bagan tour guide R Yu Moe Myint, the number of visitors to the pagodas violating the rules by wearing shoes or sleeping in the temples is increasing,” says Traveller.
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However, visitors give a big boost to the economy.
“According to a Bagan district administration department, around 750,000 tourists visited Bagan between 2014 and 2016, bringing in $A18 million to the archaeological zone from entrance fees alone,” says Traveller.
Considering the beauty of the destination, it shouldn’t be too hard to remove your shoes.
Read more about the new restrictions, here.