With political reforms underway in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the once closed-off country is opening up to the world. That process is raising a new concern: How will economic development impact the country’s architectural and archaeological past?
PBS NewsHour has launched a new series called “Culture at Risk,” with Jeffrey Brown reporting from around the globe about various threats to cultural sites, including development, war and climate change.
In Yangon, the commercial hub of Myanmar, Jeff was given a tour by Thant Myint-U, a Harvard-educated historian who has returned to his native country to head up the Yangon Heritage Trust, an organization devoted to the preservation of colonial buildings.
Jeffrey Brown takes an architectural tour of capital city Yangon with Thant Myint-U, director of the Yangon Heritage Trust.
Three hundred miles northwest of Yangon lies the ancient city of Bagan, which faces a different set of challenges in this new economy. Learn about those challenges through the photos below.
Tune in to the PBS NewsHour Tuesday to see chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown report on the impact of development on Myanmar’s architectural legacy. You can stream the NewsHour on our UStream channel at 6 p.m. EDT or check your local PBS listings.
This story is the first in a new series called, “Culture at Risk.” The series looks at foreign and domestic artifacts, artworks, buildings, or whole communities at risk from war, environmental damage, neglect and development.