However, it is more fascinating to see many colonial architectures in Japan and Thailand, the two countries never been colonized by European but built colonial styled buildings by their own concept of modernization, which in my opinion a great potential on WHS.
We already have this is Japan, but not Thailand. Two world heritage sites connected to the Meiji period - Industrial Revolution in Japan. Based on our community ratings these sites are interesting, but like most industrial sites they don't factor very highly in WHS rankings. Both sites include Western-styled brick buildings in particular, which Japan also built in Taiwan, China, and Korea.
- Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites [Rating 2.59]
- Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining [Rating 2.83]
To go back to nfmungard original proposal of focusing more on post WWII sites, what may be appropriate to represent the Cold War?
Armistice Complex at Panmunjon (DMZ)
Repeat, but I really feel it's precisely this type of site that belongs on a top missing. Especially seeing it's not going to happen any time soon.
Type: C (or M if it were to include the mine fields and the adapted fauna).
OUV: Encapsulates the cold war like no other site could.
In my proposal Baekdudaegan Range: Mt. Geumgang and Mt. Seorak [DMZ International Peace Zone]
, this would encompass most if not all of the ecological value of the "untouched" and pristine natural environment within the DMZ, while also linking major National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Ramsar Sites that straddle the DMZ on both sides. This could be extended to include Panmunjon, or that could be a separate nomination all together to represent the Cold War and separation on the Korean Peninsula. It is important to note, nearly all facilities on the DMZ (guard towers, barracks, army posts) will be destroyed once peace/unification is achieved and large areas have already been de-mined in the last 1-2 years. This process has already begun with the demolition of dozens of military installations. Check HERE
. I agree with this policy, many of these sites have little historic value, though a handful of important structures will remain as historic sites. The buildings in Panmunjon would certainly remain in this category, but as your title suggests the Armistice Complex at Panmunjon (DMZ)
would be a relatively small area. Would then it make sense to have 2 proposals connected to the DMZ?
- Armistice Complex at Panmunjon (DMZ)
(Cultural) - limited to the truce village.
- Baekdudaegan Range: Mt. Geumgang and Mt. Seorak [DMZ International Peace Zone]
(Mixed) - focused on the tremendous ecological value of the DMZ and surrounding habitats/ecosystems. In addition, cultural value in the undisturbed Later Goguryeo or Taebong archeological sites, historic structures from the Goryeo and Joseon eras that remain undisturbed by modern development because of the DMZ demarcation zone.