UPDATE ON EARTHQUAKE IN MYANMAR – AUGUST 25

Dear Partners,

A new day has begun in Bagan and the dust has now settled after yesterday’s earthquake. Regretfully, three casualties have been reported country-wide so far, but none of these were in the vicinity of the temple areas. EXO Travel would like to extend our thoughts to their families.

No hotels or tourism-related infrastructure in Bagan or Myanmar have been reported damaged and the main impact seems to have happened within the temple area of Bagan. Authorities are still assessing the situation, but around 10% of the ancient structures in Bagan have some signs of damage.

Several places have been temporarily declared off-limits and these include a number of the temples that are on the sightseeing programs. Our visits will be adjusted around these closures and some sites can only be seen from the outside.

The current status of major sights in Bagan is:

Ananda Temple is OPEN
Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple is CLOSED
Manuha Temple is OPEN
Nan Paya Temple is OPEN
Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi is CLOSED
Dhammayangyi is OPEN
Thatbyinnyu Temple is OPEN
Sulamani Temple is CLOSED
Htilominlo Temple is CLOSED
Tharabar Gate is OPEN
Shwezigone Temple is OPEN

For Mandalay, Pakkoku and the other major locations such as Inle Lake and Yangon, we can report that all is well and itineraries will continue as planned.

One other place to note with temples and old structures is Mrauk Oo (Rakhine State), where we can still visit most sites with some alterations to the normal schedule.