Profile Kyle Magnuson

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I am originally from a town of about 300 people in Northern Wisconsin. While my WHS count is not particularly high, I have been blessed to travel to 4 continents, and visit 17 countries/nations. For my wife and I, Los Angeles has become our adopted home and place of work. While full-time employment in the United States sometimes does not allow for extensive WHS related travels, I cannot complain while living in the beautiful state of California. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History, and a Master's degree in Teaching (Social Studies). I have a particular interest in Korea, and have spent considerable time exploring the country.

My Flickr

- Denmark/Sweden - Copenhagen - Öland - Stockholm (June/July 2017)
- Seattle - Olympic NP (Washington)
- Mexico (Yucatan, Baja California Sur, Puebla, Guanajuato)
- Puerto Rico: Caribbean Cruise 6 WHS
- 50 WHS: One month circumference (London, Paris, Amsterdam)

- Northern Mexico - Gulf of California/Paquimé
- Yellowstone/Glacier/Banff + Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Winnipeg - Pimachiowin Aki
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My WHS Regional Stats:
47% Asia
23% North America
15% Latin America
15% Europe

Map of Visited Sites

Recent Reviews by Kyle Magnuson

El Pinacate Kyle Magnuson

I began 2017 with a return journey to Sonora, Mexico and the stunning "Reserva De La Biosphera El Pinacate Y Gran Desierto De Altar". I was determined on completing two specific hikes/drives, which I missed during my first visit in March 2014. First, I wanted to hike to the dunes and second I wanted to see the reserves iconic otherworldly craters. We were graced with rain the previous night before our visit, which turned out to be a special surprise.

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Nuruosmaniye Complex Kyle Magnuson

During my time wandering Istanbul in 2007, I spent much of my time on foot just exploring. The Nuruosmaniye Complex is noted for its “Ottoman Baroque” architecture, something that I was oblivious to at the time. Yet, my first visit to a mosque is the key property to this serial nomination, so I remember it well. The Mosque is also stunning, it was particularly memorable because we were completely alone, even the lights were largely turned off.

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The Goryeong Jisandong Daegaya Tumuli Kyle Magnuson

So far 704 tombs have been identified at Jisan-dong, dates range from 400 - 562 CE. The Gaya Confederacy was located between Baekje and Silla, and ultimately annexed by the later during the 6th century. Important elements of these tombs are its connection to human sacrifice, the largest evidence yet found in any single tomb site in Korea. In addition, there are artifacts that originate from the Okinawa Islands.

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Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs Kyle Magnuson

On the first day of July, early afternoon, rain pouring, we arrived at Ulsan Petroglyphs Museum. Once I entered the museum (in part as shelter), I was immediately impressed. This history lesson will be different than most museums or historic sites in Korea. Nothing about Confucianism, Buddhism, seowon, fortresses, or tombs!

The museum really is fantastic, sure not much is in English, but the replica copies of both petroglyphs are superb.

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Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea Kyle Magnuson

I visited Sosu Seowon (Yeongju) on a warm, sunny day in June. As the first Confucian Academy established in the Joseon Dynasty, it holds special significance. Before its construction in 1542, there is evidence this site was formerly a Buddhist temple. This explains the somewhat unconventional layout of this particular Seowon.

A slight misfortune, when I visited Donam Seowon (Nonsan), it was pouring rain with only slight intervals.

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Kyle Magnuson's Lists

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Acropolis
  3. Agra Fort
  4. Ajanta Caves
  5. Aksum
  6. Aldabra Atoll
  7. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  8. Aleppo
  9. Altamira Cave
  10. Ancient Kyoto
  11. Ancient Thebes
  12. Angkor
  13. Auschwitz Birkenau
  14. Ayutthaya
  15. Bali Subak system
  16. Belize Barrier Reef
  17. Borobudur
  18. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  19. Cape Floral Region
  20. Caral-Supe
  21. Çatalhöyük
  22. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  23. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  24. Cerrado Protected Areas
  25. Chaco Culture
  26. Chan Chan
  27. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  28. Chichen-Itza
  29. China Danxia
  30. Chola Temples
  31. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  32. Cliff of Bandiagara
  33. Crac des Chevaliers
  34. Cyrene
  35. Damascus
  36. Dazu Rock Carvings
  37. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  38. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  39. Djenné
  40. Dubrovnik
  41. Edinburgh
  42. El Pinacate
  43. Ellora Caves
  44. Etruscan Necropolises
  45. Fagus Factory
  46. Ferrara
  47. Florence
  48. Fontainebleau
  49. Galapagos Islands
  50. Genbaku Dome
  51. Ghadames
  52. Glacier parks
  53. Golestan Palace
  54. Göreme NP
  55. Grand Canyon
  56. Great Barrier Reef
  57. Great Wall
  58. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  59. Guanajuato
  60. Gulf of California
  61. Gwynedd Castles
  62. Ha Long Bay
  63. Hani Rice Terraces
  64. Hawaii Volcanoes
  65. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  66. Hué
  67. Iguazu National Park
  68. Ilulissat Icefjord
  69. Imperial Palace
  70. Istanbul
  71. Jantar Mantar
  72. Jeju
  73. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  74. Kathmandu Valley
  75. Kenya Lake System
  76. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  77. Kilimanjaro National Park
  78. Koguryo Kingdom
  79. Komodo National Park
  80. Kremlin and Red Square
  81. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  82. Kutna Hora
  83. Lalibela
  84. Leptis Magna
  85. Longmen Grottoes
  86. Lorentz National Park
  87. Los Glaciares
  88. Machu Picchu
  89. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  90. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  91. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  92. Medici Villas and Gardens
  93. Medina of Marrakesh
  94. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  95. Meroe
  96. Mesa Verde
  97. Meteora
  98. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  99. Moenjodaro
  100. Mogao Caves
  101. Mont-Saint-Michel
  102. Mount Athos
  103. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  104. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  105. Mycenae and Tiryns
  106. Mystras
  107. Namib Sand Sea
  108. Nemrut Dag
  109. Neolithic Orkney
  110. Ngorongoro
  111. Nubian Monuments
  112. Okavango Delta
  113. Old City of Jerusalem
  114. Olympia
  115. Olympic National Park
  116. Palenque
  117. Pantanal
  118. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  119. Pergamon
  120. Persepolis
  121. Persian Garden
  122. Petra
  123. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  124. Ping Yao
  125. Pompei
  126. Potala Palace
  127. Potsdam
  128. Prambanan
  129. Puebla
  130. Pyramids (Memphis)
  131. Qhapaq Ñan
  132. Québec
  133. Rapa Nui
  134. Redwood
  135. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  136. Rio Abiseo National Park
  137. Rock Islands
  138. Rome
  139. Royal Joseon Tombs
  140. Sagarmatha National Park
  141. Samarkand
  142. Samarra
  143. Sana'a
  144. Sceilg Mhichíl
  145. Selimiye Mosque
  146. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  147. Serengeti
  148. SGang Gwaay
  149. Shibam
  150. Shushtar
  151. Siena
  152. Sigiriya
  153. Silk Roads
  154. Site of Carthage
  155. Skocjan Caves
  156. South China Karst
  157. St. Kilda
  158. St. Petersburg
  159. Statue of Liberty
  160. Stonehenge
  161. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  162. Sukhothai
  163. Sun Temple, Konarak
  164. Sundarbans National Park
  165. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  166. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  167. Taj Mahal
  168. Taxila
  169. Tchogha Zanbil
  170. Te Wahipounamu
  171. Teide National Park
  172. Temple of Heaven
  173. Teotihuacan
  174. The Sundarbans
  175. Thingvellir
  176. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  177. Tikal National Park
  178. Timbuktu
  179. Toledo
  180. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  181. Uluru
  182. Vatican City
  183. Venice and its Lagoon
  184. Vézère Valley
  185. Victoria Falls
  186. Vienna
  187. Villa d'Este
  188. Villa Romana del Casale
  189. Virunga National Park
  190. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  191. Wadi Rum
  192. West Lake
  193. West Norwegian Fjords
  194. Westminster
  195. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  196. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  197. Xidi and Hongcun
  198. Yellowstone
  199. Yosemite National Park
  200. Yungang Grottoes

Profile data

Country: Los Angeles, California - United States of America

Visited WHS: 53

Most impressive: Machu Picchu (Peru), The Great Wall (China), Grand Canyon NP (USA), Yosemite NP (USA), Istanbul (Turkey)

Proposal for a new WHS: Ancestral Sites of the Dine, Sinagua Cultural Landscape, Chicago School: Architecture, Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP, Denali National Park (AK), Mojave and Colorado Deserts, Lake Superior ON (NMCA), Camino Real: Santa Fe (Ext), Organ Pipe Cactus NM (Ext), Klondike Gold Rush (Ext), First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Coso Rock Art District CL, Miami Art Deco District, Historic Center: Charleston, Historic Center: Savannah, Historic Center: Newport, Watts Towers, Baekdu-daegan (ROK), Taroko Gorge National Park (Taiwan), Tambomachay-Saqsaywaman (Peru), Historic Centre of York (UK)

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