Philipp Peterer Profile

Philipp Peterer
Philipp Peterer.

Since 2008 visiting WHS is my primary obsession. I started with about 40 sites I had seen without particular knowledge of their world heritage status and managed to boost this number since. It helped that I started to work for the national airline in 2010 and I had a few years where I could travel intensely. In 2012 I had my personal record year, visiting 60 sites. Between December 2010 and March 2013 I was able to visit 1 or more sites every single month. In March 2013 my son was born, so currently I’m reduced to a much slower pace and the occasional weekend escape on my own.

I really like the diversity of the list. I favor medieval related sites, industrial sites and Greek/Roman remains, if they are clearly visible. On the rear end are modern architecture and fossil sites. The true spirit of our common hobby reveals itself to me each time I visit a place I would have never dreamed of if it wasn’t for the list and turns out to be amazing, such as Sceilg Mhichíl, the Wadi Al Hitan or the Ajanta Caves.

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Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 05-May-20

Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats (T)

I visited two locations of the Tidal Flats, up for inscription in 2020 (or maybe 2021, due to coronavirus): Suncheon Bay and the Gochang Tidal Flats.

Suncheon Bay
This location is ideal and probably the best choice, when the tidal flats become a WHS. Suncheon Bay is close to Naganeupseong TWHS (worth a visit) and Seonamsa monastery WHS.

You need to visit the Suncheon Bay Ecological Park to be able to see the iconic view shown in Clyde’s and Kyle’s pictures. The ticket fee is high and you even pay for parking (very rare in Korea). The park itself is like an Ecological Disneyland. You walk on well-maintained wooden paths, there are restaurants, boat tours and a big museum. Walk to the observatory for the tidal flats where you can admire them from three different levels.

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Baekje Historic Areas

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 04-May-20

Baekje Historic Areas

Visit February 2020 - I managed to visit all components of the Baekje Historic Areas on my Korea trip.

Gongju cluster
I started in Gongju, visiting the Gongsanseong fortress upon arrival in the afternoon. It is not a spectacular, but still a nice fortress, with reconstructed gates and earthen walls. You need at least an hour to visit. It’s quite big. After spending the night in this underwhelming town, I visited the royal tombs in the morning. In hind side I should have pushed my schedule the day before for 15 minutes as this was roughly the time I needed for the visit. The tombs are not accessible all you can do is visit the museum with the replicas. Nice, but not the real deal.

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Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 04-May-20

Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen

Visit February 2020 - Dolmen sites are generally not too appealing for me, but in a land full of temples and palaces, they were a nice disruption. Unlike most others I did not visit Ganghwa (easy one for a revisit to Korea) but went for Gochang and Hwasun.

 

Gochang

Gochang is probable the main site among the three. It is not ideally located, but at least there are two Seowons nearby

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Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 04-May-20

Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple  (T)

This, in my opinion, does not only deserve to be a world heritage site, It would also be Korea’s best world heritage site. Unjusa is unfortunately (or rather fortunately) very off the beaten path. The only WHS close by is the Hwasun dolmen component of the site everybody seems to tick off with Ganghwa near Seoul. I spent the night in Naju, the closest place I could find a hotel online, and visited the temple first thing in the morning. As so often during my off-season Korea trip, I was the only visitor. There is a ticket booth and free parking at the entrance.

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Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 03-May-20

Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies

Visit February 2020 – I managed to visit 5 of the inscribed 9 Seowons on my road trip through Korea. In general, the visits of all Seowons were fairly similar. They mostly have the same buildings (dormitories, lecture halls, library, shrine and walls with a gate) that look the same. Entry to all but Sosu Seowon was free and you frankly don’t need much more than 15 minutes to visit a location. They all have info plates in English on premise and a nice “this is a world heritage site” stone in front of each Seowon. You will find free parking close to each Seowon, but most of the might be a bit tricky to reach with public transport.

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Machu Picchu
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Ancient Salamis (Northern Cyprus)
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Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Sintra 5
Brugge 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Chavin 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Cuzco 4.5
Florence 4.5
Oporto 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Salamanca 4.5
Siena 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Taj Mahal 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Assisi 4
Avila 4
Belem 4
Byblos 4
Cuenca 4
Elvas 4
Evora 4
Jeju 4
Kotor 4
Kyiv 4
Masada 4
Mostar 4
Naples 4
Paphos 4
Reims 4
Rhodes 4
Sanchi 4
Split 4
Telc 4
Toledo 4
Trier 4
Vienna 4
Warsaw 4
Albi 3.5
Anjar 3.5
Aranjuez 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Caceres 3.5
Dolomites 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kandy 3.5
Lima 3.5
Liverpool 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mazagan 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Orange 3.5
Provins 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Tarraco 3.5
Trebic 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Verona 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Arles 3
Corfu 3
Graz 3
Ibiza 3
Macao 3
Meknes 3
Modena 3
Pienza 3
Aquileia 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Ivrea 2
Al Ain 1.5
Atapuerca 1.5
Corvey 1.5
Battir 0.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (T)
  5. Arab Eclecticism - the city of As-Salt (1860-1925) (T)
  6. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  7. Azraq (T)
  8. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  9. Barbar Temple (T)
  10. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  11. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  12. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  13. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  14. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  15. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  16. Caesarea (T)
  17. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  18. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  19. Central Park (T)
  20. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  21. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  22. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  23. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  24. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  25. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  26. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  27. City of Motovun (T)
  28. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  29. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  30. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  31. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  32. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  33. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  34. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  35. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  36. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  37. Ellis Island (T)
  38. Ensemble de grottes à concrétions du Sud de la France (T)
  39. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  40. Flow Country (T)
  41. Forêts primaires de hêtres des Carpates (Suisse) (T)
  42. Forêts primaires et anciennes de hêtres des Carpates et d’autres régions d’Europe (Switzerland) (T)
  43. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  44. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  45. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  46. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  47. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  48. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  49. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  50. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  51. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  52. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  53. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  54. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  55. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
  56. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  57. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  58. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  59. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  60. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  61. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  62. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  63. Jerusalem (T)
  64. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  65. Khor Dubai (T)
  66. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  67. Kyiv: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (T)
  68. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  69. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  70. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  71. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  72. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  73. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  74. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  75. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  76. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie (Tunisia) (T)
  77. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  78. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise (T)
  79. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  80. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  81. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  82. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  83. Mothia and Libeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  84. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  85. Mujib Nature Reserve (T)
  86. Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (T)
  87. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  88. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  89. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  90. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  91. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  92. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  93. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  94. Oeam Village (T)
  95. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  96. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  97. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  98. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  99. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  100. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  101. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  102. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  103. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  104. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  105. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  106. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  107. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  108. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  109. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  110. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  111. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  112. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  113. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  114. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  115. Seoul City Wall (T)
  116. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  117. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  118. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  119. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  120. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  121. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  122. Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats (T)
  123. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  124. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  125. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  126. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  127. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  128. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  129. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  130. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  131. The Burren (T)
  132. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  133. The city of Bergamo (T)
  134. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  135. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  136. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  137. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  138. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse (T)
  139. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  140. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  141. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  142. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  143. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  144. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  145. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis (extension) (T)
  146. The Royal Sites of Ireland (T)
  147. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  148. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  149. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  150. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  151. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  152. Two neolithic dwellings (T)
  153. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  154. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  155. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  156. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  13. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  14. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Yellowstone
  2. Redwood
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Ngorongoro
  5. Galapagos Islands
  6. Komodo National Park
  7. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  8. Ancient Nara
  9. Ancient Kyoto
  10. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  11. Ironbridge Gorge
  12. Grand Canyon
  13. Nubian Monuments
  14. Ancient Thebes
  15. Salamanca
  16. Jantar Mantar
  17. Lorentz National Park
  18. Virunga National Park
  19. Aranjuez
  20. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  21. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  22. Uluru
  23. Wadi Rum
  24. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  25. Sintra
  26. Old Town of Galle
  27. Kremlin and Red Square
  28. Sydney Opera House
  29. Westminster
  30. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  31. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  34. Reims
  35. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  36. Rila Monastery
  37. Sceilg Mhichíl
  38. Mount Athos
  39. Mont-Saint-Michel
  40. Vatican City
  41. Meteora
  42. Mystras
  43. Göreme NP
  44. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  45. Etruscan Necropolises
  46. Taj Mahal
  47. Pyramids (Memphis)
  48. Yungang Grottoes
  49. Sanchi
  50. Lumbini
  51. Borobudur
  52. Sigiriya
  53. Ajanta Caves
  54. Kathmandu Valley
  55. Medina of Marrakesh
  56. Mérida
  57. Pont du Gard
  58. Segovia
  59. Baalbek
  60. Pompei
  61. Villa Romana del Casale
  62. Paphos
  63. Epidaurus
  64. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  65. Agrigento
  66. Mycenae and Tiryns
  67. Olympia
  68. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  69. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  70. Timbuktu
  71. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  72. Yosemite National Park
  73. Hampi
  74. Qutb Minar
  75. Ha Long Bay
  76. Cuzco
  77. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  78. Bryggen
  79. Siena
  80. Dubrovnik
  81. Cracow
  82. Brugge
  83. Cesky Krumlov
  84. Telc
  85. Quedlinburg
  86. Avila
  87. Auschwitz Birkenau
  88. Genbaku Dome
  89. Statue of Liberty
  90. Agra Fort
  91. Gwynedd Castles
  92. Great Wall
  93. Elvas
  94. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  95. Machu Picchu
  96. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  97. Petra
  98. Rapa Nui
  99. Imperial Palace
  100. Versailles
  101. El Escurial
  102. Summer Palace
  103. Wadi Al-Hitan
  104. Kew Gardens
  105. Site of Carthage
  106. Florence
  107. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  108. Urbino
  109. Old City of Berne
  110. Chan Chan
  111. Teotihuacan
  112. Tikal National Park
  113. Caral-Supe
  114. Chichen-Itza
  115. Chavin
  116. Stonehenge
  117. Nasca Lines
  118. Brú na Bóinne
  119. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  120. Kenya Lake System
  121. Okavango Delta
  122. Plitvice Lakes
  123. Iguacu
  124. Altamira Cave
  125. Vézère Valley
  126. Angkor
  127. Sukhothai
  128. Ellora Caves
  129. Fatehpur Sikri
  130. Elephanta Caves
  131. Venice and its Lagoon
  132. Rome
  133. Toledo
  134. Le Havre
  135. Crespi d'Adda