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Gary Arndt

I am currently traveling around the world visiting World Heritage sites. I have been to over 340 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: 344

Most Impressive: Skellig Michael

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-02-18 18:26:22

  1. Angkor : 5.0
  2. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks : 5.0
  3. Galapagos Islands : 5.0
  4. Grand Canyon : 5.0
  5. Great Barrier Reef : 5.0
  6. Gunung Mulu : 5.0
  7. Iguazu National Park : 5.0
  8. Istanbul : 5.0
  9. Kakadu National Park : 5.0
  10. Lord Howe Island : 5.0
  11. Nahanni National Park : 5.0
  12. Nan Madol : 5.0
  13. Petra : 5.0
  14. Pyramids (Memphis) : 5.0
  15. Rapa Nui : 5.0
  16. Rome : 5.0
  17. Vatican City : 5.0
  18. Victoria Falls : 5.0
  19. Yellowstone : 5.0
  20. Yosemite National Park : 5.0
  21. Lalibela : 4.5
  22. Chaco Culture : 4.0
  23. East Rennell : 4.0
  24. Grimeton Radio Station : 4.0
  25. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump : 4.0
  26. Island of Gorée : 4.0
  27. L'Anse aux Meadows : 4.0
  28. Mesa Verde : 4.0
  29. SGang Gwaay : 4.0
  30. Shark Bay : 4.0
  31. Wood Buffalo National Park : 4.0
  32. Gulf of California : 3.5
  33. Mistaken Point : 3.5
  34. Ningaloo Coast : 3.5
  35. Taos Pueblo : 3.5
  36. Dinosaur Provincial Park : 3.0
  37. Grand Pré : 3.0
  38. Mount Carmel Caves : 3.0
  39. Poverty Point : 3.0
  40. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station : 3.0
  41. Valletta : 3.0
  42. Melaka and George Town : 2.5
  43. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" : 2.0
  44. Beemster Polder : 2.0
  45. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.0
  46. Joggins Fossil Cliffs : 2.0
  47. Battir : 1.0
  48. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.0
  49. Stari Grad Plain : 1.0
  50. White City of Tel-Aviv : 1.0
  51. Aachen Cathedral
  52. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  53. Acropolis
  54. Agra Fort
  55. Aksum
  56. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  57. Ancient Kyoto
  58. Ancient Nara
  59. Ancient Thebes
  60. Antigua Guatemala
  61. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  62. Auschwitz Birkenau
  63. Australian Convict Sites
  64. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  65. Ayutthaya
  66. Bahla Fort
  67. Bahá’i Holy Places
  68. Bali Subak system
  69. Bamberg
  70. Ban Chiang
  71. Baroque Churches
  72. Bauhaus Sites
  73. Belfries
  74. Belize Barrier Reef
  75. Bethlehem
  76. Biblical Tells
  77. Birka and Hovgarden
  78. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  79. Blenheim Palace
  80. Borobudur
  81. Botanical Garden, Padua
  82. Bourges Cathedral
  83. Boyana Church
  84. Bridgetown
  85. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  86. Brugge
  87. Brú na Bóinne
  88. Budapest
  89. Cahokia Mounds
  90. Canterbury
  91. Cape Floral Region
  92. Carlsbad Caverns
  93. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  94. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  95. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  96. Cesky Krumlov
  97. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  98. Chichen-Itza
  99. Choirokoitia
  100. City of Bath
  101. City of Luxembourg
  102. Classical Weimar
  103. Cologne Cathedral
  104. Copan
  105. Cordoba
  106. Corfu
  107. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  108. Costiera Amalfitana
  109. Cracow
  110. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  111. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  112. Drottningholm
  113. Dubrovnik
  114. Durmitor National Park
  115. Edinburgh
  116. Engelsberg Ironworks
  117. Everglades
  118. Fagus Factory
  119. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  120. Fatehpur Sikri
  121. Ferrara
  122. Flemish Béguinages
  123. Florence
  124. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  125. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  126. Fossil Hominid Sites
  127. Fraser Island
  128. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  129. Garajonay
  130. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  131. Genbaku Dome
  132. Giant's Causeway
  133. Glacier parks
  134. Gondwana Rainforests
  135. Granada
  136. Grand Place, Brussels
  137. Great Smoky Mountains
  138. Greater Blue Mountains
  139. Gros Morne National Park
  140. Guanacaste
  141. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  142. Gwynedd Castles
  143. Gyeongju
  144. Ha Long Bay
  145. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  146. Hawaii Volcanoes
  147. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  148. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  149. Himeji-jo
  150. Historic Cairo
  151. Hoi An
  152. Holasovice
  153. Horyu-ji Area
  154. Humayun's Tomb
  155. Hué
  156. Hwaseong Fortress
  157. Iguacu
  158. Incense Route of the Negev
  159. Independence Hall
  160. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  161. Itsukushima Shrine
  162. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  163. Jongmyo Shrine
  164. Joya de Ceren
  165. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  166. Kew Gardens
  167. Kinabalu Park
  168. Kinderdijk
  169. Kotor
  170. La Fortaleza
  171. La Lonja de la Seda
  172. Le Havre
  173. Liverpool
  174. Los Glaciares
  175. Luang Prabang
  176. Luther Memorials
  177. Lübeck
  178. Macao
  179. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  180. Major Town Houses
  181. Maloti Drakensberg
  182. Mammoth Cave
  183. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  184. Mapungubwe
  185. Margravial Opera House
  186. Maritime Greenwich
  187. Masada
  188. Maulbronn Monastery
  189. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  190. Medina of Marrakesh
  191. Medina of Tétouan
  192. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  193. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  194. Messel Pit
  195. Meteora
  196. Miguasha Park
  197. Modena
  198. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  199. Mont-Saint-Michel
  200. Monticello
  201. Morne Trois Pitons
  202. Mostar
  203. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  204. Muskauer Park
  205. My Son
  206. Namib Sand Sea
  207. Naples
  208. National History Park
  209. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  210. New Lanark
  211. Nikko
  212. Nubian Monuments
  213. Ohrid Region
  214. Old City of Acre
  215. Old City of Berne
  216. Old City of Jerusalem
  217. Old Town Lunenburg
  218. Olympic National Park
  219. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  220. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  221. Palmeral of Elche
  222. Paphos
  223. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  224. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  225. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  226. Pitons Management Area
  227. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  228. Plitvice Lakes
  229. Poblet Monastery
  230. Pompei
  231. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  232. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  233. Potsdam
  234. Prague
  235. Prambanan
  236. Preah Vihear Temple
  237. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  238. Primeval Beech Forests
  239. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  240. Purnululu National Park
  241. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  242. Qhapaq Ñan
  243. Quebrada de Humahuaca
  244. Quedlinburg
  245. Quirigua
  246. Quito
  247. Quseir Amra
  248. Qutb Minar
  249. Québec
  250. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  251. Ravenna
  252. Red Fort
  253. Redwood
  254. Regensburg
  255. Reichenau
  256. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  257. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  258. Rideau Canal
  259. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  260. Rjukan / Notodden
  261. Robben Island
  262. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  263. Rock Islands
  264. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  265. Royal Exhibition Building
  266. Royal Palace at Caserta
  267. Saint Catherine Area
  268. San Antonio Missions
  269. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  270. San Gimignano
  271. San Marino and Mount Titano
  272. Sangiran Early Man Site
  273. Santo Domingo
  274. Sceilg Mhichíl
  275. Schokland
  276. Schönbrunn
  277. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  278. Seville
  279. Sian Ka'an
  280. Siena
  281. Sighisoara
  282. Silk Roads
  283. Skogskyrkogarden
  284. Speyer Cathedral
  285. Split
  286. St. George, Bermuda
  287. Statue of Liberty
  288. Stećci
  289. Stoclet House
  290. Stonehenge
  291. Stralsund and Wismar
  292. Sukhothai
  293. Sydney Opera House
  294. Taj Mahal
  295. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
  296. Tarraco
  297. Tasmanian Wilderness
  298. Te Wahipounamu
  299. Teide National Park
  300. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  301. Thingvellir
  302. Tikal National Park
  303. Tlacotalpan
  304. Tongariro National Park
  305. Tower of London
  306. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  307. Trier
  308. Trogir
  309. Twyfelfontein
  310. Uluru
  311. Um er-Rasas
  312. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  313. Vall de Boi
  314. Van Nellefabriek
  315. Venetian Works of Defence
  316. Venice and its Lagoon
  317. Verona
  318. Versailles
  319. Vicenza
  320. Vienna
  321. Vigan
  322. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  323. Villa d'Este
  324. Villages with Fortified Churches
  325. Vizcaya Bridge
  326. Vredefort Dome
  327. Völklingen Ironworks
  328. Wadden Sea
  329. Wadi Rum
  330. Warsaw
  331. Wartburg Castle
  332. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  333. Westminster
  334. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  335. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  336. Willandra Lakes
  337. Willemstad
  338. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  339. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  340. Würzburg Residence
  341. Yakushima
  342. Zollverein
  343. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  344. Úbeda and Baeza