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Koguryo Tombs AC

I got to see the tomb of King Tongmyoung as well as part of my tour. The local guide at the tomb itself, and of course everyone needs to have a local guide at every place visited, was a lady highly knowledgeable in Koguryo history. I did enjoy listening to her. However, as expected, the history told to me was tinged with political undertones. After I had mentioned the name of Tongmyoung's son, which of course I had learnt from a South Korean epic drama serial on the king, the local guide surmised that I must have learnt about the name from sources based on the Samguk Sagi.

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Kaesong AC

We were taken on a whirlwind tour of Kaesong city. Within less than two hours we got to see the Sonjuk Bridge, the Namdaemum, the Koryo Museum and the tomb of King Wang Gon. Most visitors I think get to see the museum. The bridge was thrown in because we had lunch at the nearby restaurant (which I discovered to my surprise was within the core zone) and some of us asked to see it. That particular tomb was chosen instead Kongmin's, I cannot help but suspect, because Wang Gon was the founder of the Koryo and credited with unifying the Korean nation.

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Phimai, its Cultural Route and the Associated Temples of Phanomroong and Muangtam (T) Ambrose

The three temples in this nomination I must say are quite special and definitely worth visiting if in the area. However, and I feel quite sorry to have to say this, I kept comparing them to the monuments in Angkor when I was there. The three temples, if located in Angkor, would have been some of the most prominent and visited ones in the area. But if they were to be compared to the best of the monuments in Angkor they would sadly look quite ordinary.

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Phuphrabat Historical Park (T) Ambrose

I understand that there are two parts to this nomination. I however only visited the main part where all the strange rock formations are located.

This is an interesting site and it is still possible to find evidence of how the unusual rock formations with huge boulders balancing on often smaller ones were used for religious purposes. These rocks take their shapes apparently because of under-sea erosion that happened millions of years ago.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Ambrose

When I first heard that the authorities were considering this nomination, I was extremely skeptical about it. My reaction was "But the place is so altered!" And yet in the comparison study, it is suggested that this one is the best example of a British tropical colonial botanic garden in the region. Comparisons were made with the ones in Penang and Hong Kong, among others.

There are other places in the country that have much more potential of passing the OUV test in my opinion.

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Lists

  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Arequipa
  7. Villa d'Este
  8. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  9. Guimarães
  10. Vienna
  11. Old City of Acre
  12. Gobustan Rock Art
  13. Takht-e Soleyman
  14. Kew Gardens
  15. Koguryo Tombs
  16. White City of Tel-Aviv
  17. Pasargadae
  18. Biblical Tells
  19. Macao
  20. Kaiping Diaolou
  21. Royal Exhibition Building
  22. Kernavë Archeological Site
  23. Persepolis
  24. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  25. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  26. Struve Geodetic Arc
  27. Soltaniyeh
  28. Bali Subak system
  29. Cienfuegos
  30. Rideau Canal
  31. Bisotun
  32. Melaka and George Town
  33. Preah Vihear Temple
  34. Stari Grad Plain
  35. San Marino and Mount Titano
  36. Twyfelfontein
  37. Caral-Supe
  38. Hiraizumi
  39. Kaesong
  40. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  41. Stoclet House
  42. Australian Convict Sites
  43. Heritage of Mercury
  44. Royal Joseon Tombs
  45. Hahoe and Yangdong
  46. Thang Long
  47. Jantar Mantar
  48. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  49. Elvas
  50. Persian Garden
  51. University of Coimbra
  52. Masjed-e Jâme'
  53. Golestan Palace
  54. Namib Sand Sea
  55. Bethlehem
  56. Grand Canal
  57. Pyu Ancient Cities
  58. Tomioka Silk Mill
  59. Old City of Jerusalem
  60. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  61. Sydney Opera House
  62. Florence
  63. Sigiriya
  64. Old Havana
  65. Red Fort
  66. Humayun's Tomb
  67. Qutb Minar
  68. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  69. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  70. Agra Fort
  71. Taj Mahal
  72. Fatehpur Sikri
  73. Belem
  74. Monastery of Batalha
  75. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  76. Cuzco
  77. Machu Picchu
  78. Vatican City
  79. Cracow
  80. Québec
  81. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  82. Auschwitz Birkenau
  83. Segovia
  84. El Escurial
  85. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  86. Avila
  87. Evora
  88. Trier
  89. Stonehenge
  90. Toledo
  91. Salamanca
  92. Skocjan Caves
  93. Venice and its Lagoon
  94. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  95. Westminster
  96. City of Bath
  97. Great Wall
  98. Imperial Palace
  99. Kandy
  100. Old Town of Galle
  101. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  102. Luang Prabang
  103. Tower of London
  104. Canterbury
  105. Lima
  106. Monastery of Alcobaça
  107. Potsdam
  108. Vilnius
  109. Te Wahipounamu
  110. Birka and Hovgarden
  111. Skogskyrkogarden
  112. Drottningholm
  113. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  114. Sukhothai
  115. Ban Chiang
  116. Ayutthaya
  117. Old Rauma
  118. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  119. Borobudur
  120. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  121. Prague
  122. Cesky Krumlov
  123. Telc
  124. Prambanan
  125. Horyu-ji Area
  126. Himeji-jo
  127. Angkor
  128. Matera
  129. Ha Long Bay
  130. Ancient Kyoto
  131. Roskilde Cathedral
  132. Kronborg Castle
  133. City of Luxembourg
  134. Nasca Lines
  135. Mtskheta
  136. Upper Svaneti
  137. Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
  138. Vicenza
  139. Rapa Nui
  140. Sintra
  141. Naples
  142. Edinburgh
  143. Kutna Hora
  144. Ferrara
  145. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  146. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  147. Haeinsa Temple
  148. Jongmyo Shrine
  149. Colonia del Sacramento
  150. Oporto
  151. Genbaku Dome
  152. Itsukushima Shrine
  153. Haghpat and Sanahin
  154. Schönbrunn
  155. The trulli of Alberobello
  156. Ravenna
  157. Maritime Greenwich
  158. Verona
  159. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  160. Trogir
  161. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  162. Hwaseong Fortress
  163. Tallinn
  164. Botanical Garden, Padua
  165. Urbino
  166. Pompei
  167. Versailles
  168. Viñales Valley
  169. Riga
  170. Flemish Béguinages
  171. Grand Place, Brussels
  172. Holasovice
  173. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  174. Ancient Nara
  175. Alcala de Henares
  176. Summer Palace
  177. Temple of Heaven
  178. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  179. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  180. Rome
  181. Nikko
  182. Robben Island
  183. Greater Blue Mountains
  184. Belfries
  185. Dubrovnik
  186. Walled City of Baku
  187. Valparaiso
  188. Monastery of Geghard
  189. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  190. Split
  191. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  192. Gyeongju
  193. Plitvice Lakes
  194. Curonian Spit
  195. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  196. Brugge
  1. Hegmataneh
  2. England's Lake District
  3. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan
  4. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna
  5. Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  6. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
  7. Taq-e Bostan
  8. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  9. That Luang de Vientiane
  10. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay
  11. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments
  12. Inle Lake
  13. Myauk-U Archaeological Area and Monuments
  14. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay)
  15. Sheki, the Khan's Palace
  16. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles
  17. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
  18. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley
  19. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand
  20. Zadar - Episcopal complex
  21. Jerusalem
  22. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites
  23. Pombaline "Baixa" or Downtown of Lisbon
  24. Phimai, its Cultural Route and the Associated Temples of Phanomroong and Muangtam
  25. Phuphrabat Historical Park
  26. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage
  27. Tbilisi Historic District
  28. Uplistsikhe Cave Town
  29. Historic Monument of Kangavar
  30. Persepolis and other relevant buildings
  31. The Historical Structure of Yazd
  32. The Historical Village of Abyaneh
  33. Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea
  34. Delhi - A Heritage City
  35. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai)
  36. Gelati Monastery
  37. The Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries
  38. Great Spas of Europe
  39. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India
  40. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles
  41. Etosha Pan
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  3. Imperial Tombs
  4. Major Town Houses
  5. Cape Floral Region
  6. Kinabalu Park
  7. Arequipa
  8. Tsodilo
  9. Wrangel Island
  10. Cerrado Protected Areas
  11. Kenya Lake System
  12. Orkhon Valley
  13. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  14. Kew Gardens
  15. Biblical Tells
  16. Hani Rice Terraces
  17. Kaiping Diaolou
  18. Fujian Tulou
  19. Yin Xu
  20. Primeval Beech Forests
  21. Persepolis
  22. Kii Mountain Range
  23. Ilulissat Icefjord
  24. Thingvellir
  25. Etruscan Necropolises
  26. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  27. Soltaniyeh
  28. Timbuktu
  29. Bali Subak system
  30. West Norwegian Fjords
  31. Sagarmatha National Park
  32. Tequila
  33. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  34. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  35. Bisotun
  36. Melaka and George Town
  37. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  38. Ouro Preto
  39. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  40. South China Karst
  41. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  42. Surtsey
  43. Caral-Supe
  44. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  45. Fortifications of Vauban
  46. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  47. Dengfeng
  48. Shushtar
  49. West Lake
  50. Jantar Mantar
  51. Redwood
  52. Western Ghats
  53. Pearling
  54. Selimiye Mosque
  55. Persian Garden
  56. Wadi Rum
  57. University of Coimbra
  58. Chengjiang Fossil Site
  59. Masjed-e Jâme'
  60. Fujisan
  61. Golestan Palace
  62. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  63. Namib Sand Sea
  64. Okavango Delta
  65. Silk Roads
  66. Grand Canal
  67. Los Glaciares
  68. Qhapaq Ñan
  69. Old City of Jerusalem
  70. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  71. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  72. Arab-Norman Palermo
  73. Aksum
  74. Great Barrier Reef
  75. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  76. Florence
  77. Lalibela
  78. Tasmanian Wilderness
  79. Aldabra Atoll
  80. Fasil Ghebbi
  81. Damascus
  82. Sigiriya
  83. Churches and Convents of Goa
  84. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  85. Ellora Caves
  86. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  87. Mahabalipuram
  88. Agra Fort
  89. Taj Mahal
  90. Fatehpur Sikri
  91. Mesa Verde
  92. Cuzco
  93. Machu Picchu
  94. Yellowstone
  95. Vatican City
  96. Cracow
  97. Québec
  98. Iguazu National Park
  99. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  100. Auschwitz Birkenau
  101. Cordoba
  102. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  103. Petra
  104. Pont du Gard
  105. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  106. Istanbul
  107. Göreme NP
  108. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  109. Site of Carthage
  110. Ironbridge Gorge
  111. Stonehenge
  112. Ngorongoro
  113. Venice and its Lagoon
  114. Budapest
  115. Kilimanjaro National Park
  116. Acropolis
  117. Hawaii Volcanoes
  118. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  119. Teotihuacan
  120. Potosi
  121. City of Bath
  122. Great Wall
  123. Imperial Palace
  124. Mogao Caves
  125. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  126. Brasilia
  127. Uluru
  128. Meteora
  129. Luang Prabang
  130. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  131. Lima
  132. Vigan
  133. Cliff of Bandiagara
  134. Itchan Kala
  135. Kremlin and Red Square
  136. Huangshan
  137. Borobudur
  138. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  139. Ujung Kulon National Park
  140. Komodo National Park
  141. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  142. Himeji-jo
  143. Yakushima
  144. Lumbini
  145. Angkor
  146. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  147. Matera
  148. Ha Long Bay
  149. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  150. Ancient Kyoto
  151. City of Luxembourg
  152. Nasca Lines
  153. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  154. Wudang Mountains
  155. Potala Palace
  156. Upper Svaneti
  157. Rapa Nui
  158. Sintra
  159. Bauhaus Sites
  160. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  161. Haeinsa Temple
  162. Jongmyo Shrine
  163. Grand Canyon
  164. Lake Baikal
  165. Oporto
  166. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  167. Kunta Kinteh Island
  168. Genbaku Dome
  169. Itsukushima Shrine
  170. Semmering Railway
  171. The trulli of Alberobello
  172. Ravenna
  173. Maritime Greenwich
  174. The Sundarbans
  175. Chartres Cathedral
  176. Ping Yao
  177. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  178. Hwaseong Fortress
  179. Pompei
  180. Versailles
  181. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  182. Viñales Valley
  183. Riga
  184. Pyramids (Memphis)
  185. Nubian Monuments
  186. Kuk
  187. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  188. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  189. Rome
  190. Mycenae and Tiryns
  191. Hoi An
  192. Dubrovnik
  193. Lorentz National Park
  194. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  195. Virunga National Park
  196. Ogasawara Islands
  197. Meroe
  198. Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai
  199. Erbil Citadel
  200. Blue and John Crow Mountains