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Bagan, formerly Pagan, was the capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma. Is located in the arid plateau of the country, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy River) and is 145 kilometers southwest of Mandalay. UNESCO has unsuccessfully tried to designate Bagan as a World Heritage Site. The military junta (SPDC) has restored old buildings at random, neglecting the original architectural style using modern materials which do not resemble the original. The board has built a golf course, a paved highway, and an observation tower 61 meters high which belong to the son of the head of the military junta and which houses a luxury hotel. The controversial building, built between pagodas, temples and stupas has been questioned by independent agencies because of its great visual impact.

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