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Report: Training Programme on Interpretation in Bagan, Myanmar

The ASEAN-Japan Centre invited site managers of heritage sites and officers from national tourism offices from eight ASEAN Member States to participate in the training programme on interpretation in Bagan, Myanmar.

The programme included a series of lectures by Japanese experts, an inspection visit to the Bagan area, which was newly inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2019, and a workshop. 17 participants including local tourism stakeholders in Myanmar completed the programme. 

At the end of the training, the participants designed and presented either an interpretive programme or an action plan, and received feedbacks from experts and peer participants to improve the proposal.   

The participants are expected to contribute to the development of sustainable tourism in their respective countries by incorporating the interpretation methods learned from the training.

Date: 9-12 February 2020
Place: Bagan, Myanmar
Participants: 17 (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam)
Programme Outline:

Day 1 Lecture
  • Orientation
  • “Importance and the cases of ecotourism around the world and in ASEAN”
Day 2 Inspection
  • Technical visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagan
Day 3 Lecture
  • Feedbacks of the technical visit
  • “Interpretation for the sustainable tourism management of heritage sites”
  • “Creating visitor experience”
  • “Establishing the message”
Day 4 Workshop & Presentation
  • Design an interpretive programme or Action Plan using the interpretation method
  • Presentation

Organizers and participants

Technical visit in Bagan

Technical visit in Bagan

Lacquer ware workshop


Presentation by the participants