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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 34002 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2015-06-15 09:08:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-06-15 09:08:49 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_132430" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A general view of the Basantapur Durbar Square that was damaged in March's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic: AP. A general view of the Basantapur Durbar Square that was damaged in March's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic: AP.[/caption] Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists. Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa said six of the seven heritage sites closed after the quakes were reopened Monday. Nepal is keen to get its tourism industry back on track as it tries to rebuild after the devastating quakes. [caption id="attachment_132399" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal after Saturday's earthquake. Pic: AP. Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal after Saturday's earthquake. Pic: AP.[/caption] UNESCO had expressed some safety concerns over the reopening of some of the sites, but Nepalese officials have insisted that the necessary measures are in place. About 800,000 foreign tourists visit Nepal every year and the government is worried that the fear of earthquakes will stop many from visiting the Himalayan country. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the mainly agricultural nation, which is one of the poorest in the world. The earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed more than 8,700 people. [caption id="attachment_132434" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A Nepalese woman walks past a collapsed temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic: AP. A Nepalese woman walks past a collapsed temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic: AP.[/caption] Hundreds of thousands of buildings were damaged, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists. (READ MORE: Magnificent 7: Kathmandu’s world heritage sites) Additional reporting from Associated Press [post_title] => Quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites [post_excerpt] => Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => quake-hit-nepal-reopens-heritage-sites [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-06-15 09:11:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-06-15 09:11:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=34002 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites

Quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites
June 15, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists.

Kingdom of Dreams: India’s answer to Broadway?

Kingdom of Dreams: India’s answer to Broadway?
May 19, 2015 - 0 Comments - Ruchika Vyas

EXTRAVAGANT musicals, live theatrical shows, special effects, aerial acrobatics and more – Kingdom of Dreams may as well be India’s answer to Broadway

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban
April 7, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan’s notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners – not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies – to the small, idyllic island.

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new
April 6, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

WHEN I first came to Myanmar, also known as Burma, in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time due to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star, something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia’s new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception.

Yangon: Comparing the old and new

Yangon: Comparing the old and new
March 23, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FIVE years ago in Yangon you would have been hard pressed to find a block of cheddar cheese, an ATM, an English newspaper or any western brand. Today glittering sky scrapers, malls, art galleries and supermarket chains are as much a feature of the new country as the old.

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year
March 14, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

The tourism industry has been booming recently, thanks to increased flights, ease of travel, and the government’s increasingly open attitude toward the international community. Ancient sites such as the temples of Bagan, Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and the archipelagos of Myeik are becoming priority items on more travelers’ Southeast Asia bucket lists, so much so that the Burmese government expects 2015 to be a banner year.

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar
February 2, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

DESPITE Myanmar’s newly acquired status as the darling of the Asian circuit, there is still much about the nation that remains undiscovered. While renowned for its wealth of pagodas, unblemished countrysides, unspoiled coast, quaint festivities and great lakes, it’s also a country of history and has its fair share of fading ancient ruins and tumbledown structures that invoke the dynasties and grandeur of the past. Visiting these places could form part of an excellent itinerary.

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