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Gary Arndt

I am currently traveling around the world visiting World Heritage sites. I have been to over 300 UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

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Macao Gary Arndt

Macao by Gary Arndt

I visited here on Christmas Day 2007.

If you are ever in Hong Kong, take a day to go and visit the Historic Center of Macau. It is to Portugal what Hong Kong was the British. It is less than an hour away by high-speed ferry, and there are boats leaving all the time. Modern Macau is the Asian Las Vegas, with many of the large Vegas hotels also now in Macau: MGM Grand, Sands, Wynn and the Venetian.

Historic Center of MacauSaveThe Historic Center of Macau is the old city set up by the Portuguese. The featured attraction is the facade of St. Paul’s Church which burned down in the 19th Century. There are also other historic buildings in the area, all within walking distance.

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Hwaseong Fortress Gary Arndt

Hwaseong Fortress by Gary Arndt

I visited here in late 2007.

Suwon is about an hour ride by commuter train from Seoul. When I arrived in Suwon I walked to the Hwaseong Fortress, getting lost on the way in the cold weather. When I got to the castle I just walked up the first stairs I found along the wall of the castle.

When I got to the top I saw a bunch of guys standing around in traditional dress. I figured that because it was a historical site, they must be doing some re-enactment for school kids or something.

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Jongmyo Shrine Gary Arndt

Jongmyo Shrine by Gary Arndt

I visited here in late 2007.

The Jongmyo Shrine grounds is literally across the street from the Changdeok Palace compound. Like the Changdeok Palace, it suffers from a lack of fixtures and artifacts. Unlike the Changdeok Palace, you can enter the grounds with a ticket and stroll around the facilities to your heart’s content as a guide is not required.

Read more about the Jongmyo Shrine on my website.

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Changdeokgung Palace Complex Gary Arndt

Changdeokgung Palace Complex by Gary Arndt

I visited this site in late 2007.

The Changdeok Palace sits in central Seoul and is an intact, impressive former seat of the Korean monarchy. Unfortunately, the palace seems rather sterile because all of the artifacts and furnishings have been removed. It is a collection of mostly empty buildings. Unlike most World Heritage sites, you can’t just buy a ticket and stroll about the grounds. You have to be with a tour guide, and tours leave about every hour/half hour in different languages. Tours last about an hour.

This, along with the nearby Jongmyo Shrine are the easiest world heritage sites to visit in Seoul.

Read more about the Changdeokgung Palace Complex on my website.

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Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple Gary Arndt

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple by Gary Arndt

I visited here in fall of 2007.

Located a short distance out of Gyeongju, the Seokguram Grotto and Bluguksa Temple are two completely different w sites put under the same world heritage banner. The Seokguram Grotto was a real disappointment. It is much more difficult to get to, sitting on the top of a mountain, and up a winding road. You have to walk about 10-15 min to get there, and when you do get there, it is a tiny alcove where you can’t take photos, and the Buddha is walled off behind glass.

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Name: Gary Arndt

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 343

Most Impressive: Skellig Michael

Proposal New WHS: Nan Modal, Federated States of Micronesia

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Update 10.10.17

Lists

  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Durmitor National Park
  3. Major Town Houses
  4. Cape Floral Region
  5. Kinabalu Park
  6. Gunung Mulu
  7. Villa d'Este
  8. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  9. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  10. Vienna
  11. Masada
  12. Old City of Acre
  13. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  14. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  15. Stralsund and Wismar
  16. Kew Gardens
  17. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  18. Um er-Rasas
  19. Purnululu National Park
  20. White City of Tel-Aviv
  21. Mapungubwe
  22. Incense Route of the Negev
  23. Biblical Tells
  24. Macao
  25. Quebrada de Humahuaca
  26. Muskauer Park
  27. Royal Exhibition Building
  28. Primeval Beech Forests
  29. Grimeton Radio Station
  30. Liverpool
  31. Thingvellir
  32. Regensburg
  33. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  34. Pitons Management Area
  35. Vredefort Dome
  36. Le Havre
  37. Gulf of California
  38. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  39. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  40. Bali Subak system
  41. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  42. Vizcaya Bridge
  43. Bahá’i Holy Places
  44. Rideau Canal
  45. Melaka and George Town
  46. Preah Vihear Temple
  47. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  48. Stari Grad Plain
  49. San Marino and Mount Titano
  50. Kotor
  51. Twyfelfontein
  52. Teide National Park
  53. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  54. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  55. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  56. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  57. Copan
  58. Stoclet House
  59. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  60. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  61. Australian Convict Sites
  62. Valletta
  63. Wadden Sea
  64. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  65. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  66. Redwood
  67. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  68. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  69. Fagus Factory
  70. Ningaloo Coast
  71. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  72. Bridgetown
  73. Wadi Rum
  74. Margravial Opera House
  75. Rock Islands
  76. Mount Carmel Caves
  77. Grand Pré
  78. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  79. Namib Sand Sea
  80. Bethlehem
  81. Poverty Point
  82. Van Nellefabriek
  83. Silk Roads
  84. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  85. Los Glaciares
  86. Qhapaq Ñan
  87. San Antonio Missions
  88. Kakadu National Park
  89. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  90. Old City of Jerusalem
  91. Rjukan / Notodden
  92. Quirigua
  93. Battir
  94. Mistaken Point
  95. Aksum
  96. Mammoth Cave
  97. Nan Madol
  98. Olympic National Park
  99. Venetian Works of Defence
  100. Great Barrier Reef
  101. SGang Gwaay
  102. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  103. Sydney Opera House
  104. Willandra Lakes
  105. Speyer Cathedral
  106. Würzburg Residence
  107. Florence
  108. Lalibela
  109. National History Park
  110. Tasmanian Wilderness
  111. Lord Howe Island
  112. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  113. Cahokia Mounds
  114. Quito
  115. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
  116. Red Fort
  117. Humayun's Tomb
  118. Qutb Minar
  119. Nahanni National Park
  120. Agra Fort
  121. Taj Mahal
  122. Fatehpur Sikri
  123. Wood Buffalo National Park
  124. Great Smoky Mountains
  125. Island of Gorée
  126. La Fortaleza
  127. Old City of Berne
  128. Mesa Verde
  129. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  130. Lübeck
  131. Yellowstone
  132. Vatican City
  133. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  134. Cracow
  135. Cologne Cathedral
  136. Aachen Cathedral
  137. Warsaw
  138. Québec
  139. Iguazu National Park
  140. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  141. Statue of Liberty
  142. Yosemite National Park
  143. Auschwitz Birkenau
  144. Cordoba
  145. Granada
  146. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  147. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  148. Petra
  149. Quseir Amra
  150. Medina of Marrakesh
  151. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  152. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  153. Chaco Culture
  154. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  155. Iguacu
  156. Istanbul
  157. Trier
  158. Gondwana Rainforests
  159. Giant's Causeway
  160. Stonehenge
  161. Gwynedd Castles
  162. Garajonay
  163. Seville
  164. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  165. Venice and its Lagoon
  166. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  167. L'Anse aux Meadows
  168. Budapest
  169. Acropolis
  170. Hawaii Volcanoes
  171. Sian Ka'an
  172. Gros Morne National Park
  173. Boyana Church
  174. Tongariro National Park
  175. Blenheim Palace
  176. Westminster
  177. City of Bath
  178. New Lanark
  179. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  180. Bahla Fort
  181. Monticello
  182. Uluru
  183. Meteora
  184. Luang Prabang
  185. Chichen-Itza
  186. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  187. Tower of London
  188. Taos Pueblo
  189. Canterbury
  190. Vigan
  191. Victoria Falls
  192. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  193. Poblet Monastery
  194. Úbeda and Baeza
  195. Santo Domingo
  196. Potsdam
  197. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  198. Quedlinburg
  199. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  200. Maulbronn Monastery
  201. Royal Palace at Caserta
  202. San Gimignano
  203. Te Wahipounamu
  204. Birka and Hovgarden
  205. Engelsberg Ironworks
  206. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  207. Skogskyrkogarden
  208. Drottningholm
  209. Sukhothai
  210. Ban Chiang
  211. Ayutthaya
  212. Shark Bay
  213. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  214. Borobudur
  215. Sangiran Early Man Site
  216. Villages with Fortified Churches
  217. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  218. Prague
  219. Cesky Krumlov
  220. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  221. Bamberg
  222. Fraser Island
  223. Bourges Cathedral
  224. Tikal National Park
  225. Prambanan
  226. Antigua Guatemala
  227. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  228. Brú na Bóinne
  229. Horyu-ji Area
  230. Himeji-jo
  231. Yakushima
  232. Angkor
  233. Ha Long Bay
  234. Joya de Ceren
  235. Baroque Churches
  236. Hué
  237. Miguasha Park
  238. Völklingen Ironworks
  239. Ancient Kyoto
  240. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  241. City of Luxembourg
  242. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  243. Vicenza
  244. Rapa Nui
  245. Siena
  246. Glacier parks
  247. Messel Pit
  248. Carlsbad Caverns
  249. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  250. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  251. Naples
  252. Edinburgh
  253. Bauhaus Sites
  254. Ferrara
  255. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  256. Jongmyo Shrine
  257. Schokland
  258. Old Town Lunenburg
  259. Grand Canyon
  260. Sceilg Mhichíl
  261. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  262. Everglades
  263. Belize Barrier Reef
  264. Genbaku Dome
  265. Itsukushima Shrine
  266. Independence Hall
  267. La Lonja de la Seda
  268. Luther Memorials
  269. Schönbrunn
  270. Ravenna
  271. Paphos
  272. Maritime Greenwich
  273. Verona
  274. Mont-Saint-Michel
  275. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  276. Trogir
  277. Morne Trois Pitons
  278. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  279. Hwaseong Fortress
  280. Kinderdijk
  281. Willemstad
  282. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  283. Botanical Garden, Padua
  284. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  285. Modena
  286. Pompei
  287. Versailles
  288. Costiera Amalfitana
  289. Medina of Tétouan
  290. Classical Weimar
  291. Choirokoitia
  292. East Rennell
  293. Flemish Béguinages
  294. Grand Place, Brussels
  295. Pyramids (Memphis)
  296. Holasovice
  297. Tlacotalpan
  298. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  299. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  300. Ancient Thebes
  301. Ancient Nara
  302. Tarraco
  303. Nubian Monuments
  304. Historic Cairo
  305. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  306. Wartburg Castle
  307. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  308. Beemster Polder
  309. Sighisoara
  310. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  311. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  312. Rome
  313. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  314. Nikko
  315. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  316. Fossil Hominid Sites
  317. Robben Island
  318. Greater Blue Mountains
  319. Guanacaste
  320. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  321. Palmeral of Elche
  322. Belfries
  323. Mostar
  324. Hoi An
  325. My Son
  326. Dubrovnik
  327. Saint Catherine Area
  328. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  329. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  330. Split
  331. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  332. Reichenau
  333. Zollverein
  334. Gyeongju
  335. Corfu
  336. Plitvice Lakes
  337. St. George, Bermuda
  338. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  339. Maloti Drakensberg
  340. Vall de Boi
  341. Ohrid Region
  342. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  343. Brugge