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Author winterkjm
#1 | Posted: 29 Mar 2011 15:11 | Edited by: winterkjm 
The United States is planning to nominate new sites in 2013. Two candidates that are competing for early inscription are the joint site of Ceremonial Earthworks & Serpent Mound in Ohio, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings nomination. I haven't heard much about any natural sites.


US World Heritage Nomination:

*Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings


*Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks - Serpent Mound

South Korea is planning to inscribe one site in 2013


ROK World Heritage Nomination:

*Gongju & Buyeo Historic Sites

Author Solivagant
#2 | Posted: 16 May 2011 03:57 
And China with
Sakyamuni Pagoda
And look at the investment!

Author Solivagant
#3 | Posted: 30 May 2011 12:49 

Author winterkjm
#4 | Posted: 4 Jun 2011 13:38 
South Korea

Gongju, Buyeo, Iksan Historic Sites
Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats

To be brought before the WHC in 2013 and 2014.

Here are the three sites short-listed for inscription first amongst the new Korean tentative list. 2 cultural sites, and 1 natural. In 2013 and 2014 respectively. This article supports the notion of a combined nomination of Gongju, Buyeo, and Iksan into one large Baekjae dynasty nomination.


Author elsslots
#5 | Posted: 9 Jul 2011 04:53 
US goes for the San Antonio missions? The report is a bit unclear about the status of the nomination.

Author winterkjm
#6 | Posted: 9 Jul 2011 11:38 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Ha, some boasting and strong competition between the next US potential WHS.

"The missions face strong competition, including Mount Vernon and Petrified Forest National Park. But Ringenbach said the missions are "first among equals.""

Since the Petrified Forest NP is a natural site, hopefully the US will submit 2 sites in 2013, but who knows, the US is so slow when it comes to world heritage. (Maybe France and the US should have a discussion and meet somewhere in the middle about how they approach world heritage!)

Is Mount Vernon already trying again, PLEASE NO!!! I am all for the San Antonio Missions (even though more churches), but Mount Vernon as world heritage should be abandoned now.

What about Hopewell and the Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings, both I think should be ahead of the San Antonio Missions and certainly Mount Vernon? No?

Author Solivagant
#7 | Posted: 28 Jul 2011 03:31 
Japan, it appears, intends nominating Fujisan in Feb 2012 for consideration at the 2013 WHC

Author Durian
#8 | Posted: 28 Jul 2011 20:19 
Japan, it appears, intends nominating Fujisan in Feb 2012 for consideration at the 2013 WHC

From the news, Kamakura is also on the process, this site is pending on the tentative list for so long.

Author Khuft
#9 | Posted: 31 Aug 2011 18:34 
Germany intends to nominate Kassel for 2013:

http://www.faz.net/artikel/C30840/kassel-herkules-soll-weltkulturerbe-werden-30494958 .html

280 pages document has been created and is intended to be filed before Feb 2012.

Author Solivagant
#10 | Posted: 20 Sep 2011 00:07 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Yet more "Wooden Churches"!??
Ukraine/Poland appear to be working towards the joint nomination of the "Wooden Tserkvas (Churches) of Carpathian Region in Ukraine and Poland " for 2013 with the Nomination File in the final stages of preparation for handing to UNESCO in Jan 2012

Herewith the 2 T List entries
Ukraine - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5494/
Poland - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5499/

Can all these wooden churches (including all those already inscribed) really have "OUV"?

Author winterkjm
#11 | Posted: 22 Sep 2011 15:21 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Update on Japan nominations for 2013 - "The government has decided to recommend both for registration as UNESCO World Heritage sites"

Cultural site - Kamakura, Home of the Samurai

Natural site - Mt. Fuji


Author winterkjm
#12 | Posted: 24 Sep 2011 04:34 | Edited by: winterkjm 
2013 is potentially a big year for inscriptions in Northeast Asia. Most of these nominations seem fairly sure of being evaluated in 2013, but some could be bumped to 2014 if everything is not ready. If the Korean nominations are successful, Korea's major dynasties will all be represented on the world heritage list. (Silla, Goguryeo, Baekje, Goryeo, Joseon)

China (There is a good chance China will nominate 2 sites)
Cultural - Sakyamuni Pagoda

Cultural - Kamakura, Home of the Samurai
Natural - Mt. Fuji

North Korea
Cultural - Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Goryeo Dynasty)

South Korea
Cultural - Baekje Kingdom Complex of Historic Sites in Gongju, Buyeo, and Iksan (Baekje Dynasty)
Natural - Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats

Author Solivagant
#13 | Posted: 24 Sep 2011 04:39 | Edited by: Solivagant 
North Korea
Cultural - Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Goryeo Dynasty)

Hi winterkjm
Having been to Kaesong I have a particular interest in the site. Also, as a reasonably avid "DPRK watcher", I am always interested in information which emanates from that country. Do you have any "shareable" source for the suggestion that Kaesong is likely to come back in for the 2013 WHC - having of course been "deferred" in 2008??

Author winterkjm
#14 | Posted: 24 Sep 2011 05:06 | Edited by: winterkjm 
My only source is the document:

List of nominations received by 1 February 2011 and for
examination by the Committee at its 36th Session (2012)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong 1278 (Rev) 24/01/2011 (ii)(iii)(iv) Components 12 Incomplete

While this certainly does not confirm Kaesong will be evaluated in 2013, there is a good chance North Korea will complete the nomination in time for the 2013 WHC despite the country being in a constant state of crisis.

Author Solivagant
#15 | Posted: 24 Sep 2011 05:44 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Thanks - yes that implies DPRK was "fairly close" to getting full documents lodged in time for the 2012 WHC and might be expected to complete the job for 2013!! Though I can never understand why countries submit "incomplete" documents. Is it that it is unclear exactly which documents are required to make a submission "complete" or are the bureaucrats just trying to give an impression of "progress" to their governments by at least submitting something!!

They obviously needed a bit of "On the spot guidance" from the Dear Leader!! We used to gain regular amusement from asking our guide what exactly was happening in the 1000s of photos/paintings we were shown in every museum, exhibition and theatre of the "Dear Leader" at pig farms, factories, mines, cultural events etc etc etc ad nauseam, followed by groups of flunkies carrying notebooks in which they recorded his every word. The answer was always the same :- "He is giving on the spot guidance"!!!!! The man is clearly a polymath, a genius, an Einstein capable of sorting out problems in every subject - though I suppose we also have a few people in our governments and corporations who "possess" such attributes!!

I sometimes think about the functionaries who are preparing sites in these autocratic countries (Turkmenistan is another I have had contact with). Presumably they have a genuine interest in the archaeology, history, preservation etc of the cultural sites they are involved in and will be intelligent people trying to survive as best they can in difficult circumstances. Such work must be something of an academic retreat from the daily grind providing intellectual interest at least less imbued with the "politicisation" which pervades almost every other daily activity. OK, I am sure they at least have to pay lip service to the political reality via meetings and outward shows of support in order to maintain their "cadre" benefits and lifestyle, but it must also be a good place to escape a lot of this and indulge in genuine objective scientific research and activity. Also to manage some authorised contact with the "outside" world via access to academic journals and even the occasional visit to/from overseas! Is attempting to gain UNESCO inscription a good or a bad thing for them? A downside must be the glare of publicity they find themselves in - and "failure" could have personal consequences - think of the DPRK football team at the last World Cup (in stark contrast to the "fame" which followed the team of 1966!). Such "putting one's head above the parapet" is a risky strategy - perhaps it is better to lie low and continue to carry out low level preservation and research in some backwater. I am reminded of stories from the Soviet era in Gulag Archipelago and other books of what happened to those who "flew too close to the sun" in USSR

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