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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: 336

Most Impressive: Skellig Michael

Proposal New WHS: Nan Modal, Federated States of Micronesia


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