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Tourist Jailed for Wearing Sandals in Asian Temple

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Taiwan's The China Post reports that a Russian tourist has been imprisoned in Myanmar for the crime of wearing sandals in the world-famous tourist site of Bagan. Wearing shoes in pagodas and other holy places is considered highly insulting to the Burmese, and multiple signs sternly warn visitors against it. It's not known whether the Russian tourist couldn't read the signs or if she simply didn't ...

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Famous Bagan Temples

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Bagan Temples following Wednesday's earthquake in Myanmar (photo: baganurbanadventures/Instagram) Wednesday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar killed at least one person and damaged about 60 historic Buddhist temples in the ancient city of Bagan, a major archaeological site and one of the country's top tourist destinations. Built between the 10th and 14th centuries, the pagodas...

Two Travel Destinations—Egypt and Myanmar—To Which I Will Not Be Going in the Weeks Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/21/2015, 4:30 PM

         To boycott a travel destination for political reasons is always a difficult decision to make, with arguments that can cited both pro and con.  But to boycott a country because you fear for your safety there, is an easier step to take. That latter reason is why I’m no longer considering a trip to Egypt, and I have somewhat different and more arguable reasons for passing up a tr...

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