The Burmese authorities raised to 397 pagodas and stupas (religious monuments) damaged in the archaeological complex of Bagan, in the center of the country due to the earthquake of magnitude 6.8 that hit Burma on Wednesday.

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The general director of the Archaeology department, Thein Lwin, told the daily Myanmar Times that the restoration work will take at least a year.

The Ministry of Culture has set a temporary ban to climb some of the most popular pagodas of Bagan to watch the sunrise and sunset, the sun, one of the largest tourist attractions in the area.

Representatives of tourist agencies in the region believe that the sector will not be affected by the earthquake as there are thousands of religious enclosures that were not affected and remain open to visitors.

The Geological Survey of the United States, which records seismic activity worldwide, located the hypocenter of the earthquake to 84.1 kilometers deep and 30 kilometers from Bagan.

Four people died and at least one Spanish tourist was injured.

The largest number of damages was recorded in the historical site of Bagan, the capital of the ancient Burmese kingdom of Pagan between centuries IX and XIII, whose complex contains more than 3,000 pagodas and stupas in an area of about 40 square kilometers.

The Burmese authorities planned to request the UNESCO, next year, which included Bagan in humanity’s heritage list.

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