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Boj completed his Masters in Geography, Urban and Regional Planning at the Peking University in China. His specialization is National Park Management and World Heritage Studies.

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Great Desert Landscapes (T)

Boj Philippines - 10-Jan-21

Great Desert Landscapes (T)

I visited one of the three great desert landscape locations - The Great Sand Sea in December 2018, south of Siwa Oasis. 

It is impossible not to be amazed by the massive sand dunes - gold and shining against blue sky and white cotton clouds. There is indeed beauty in the serenity. Our guide said that no one can survive or live in such an inhospitable landscape, and that everyone can only admire the desert from a certain point, but all must return to life and safety.

That temporary bonding of the eyes and soul with the endless waves of sand dunes is the therapy and healing for anyone who visit. 

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Lac Abbeh (T)

Boj Philippines - 08-Jan-21

Lac Abbeh (T)

In October 2020, I managed to travel to five TWHS in Djibouti. Among them, Lake Abbeh Cultural Landscape proves to have the highest potential of inscription - and rightly so. There is salt mining machine in Lake Assal, while the other sites (Moucha and Maskali Islands, Foret du Day and Djibouti Downtown) need stronger arguments for OUV justification to secure UNESCO inscription. 

Lake Abbeh shares border with Ethiopia and its isolation helps maintain its pristine condition. As we headed five hours west from Djibouti City, the landscape changes dramatically from Earth, then to dirt roads to Mars, a rocky landscape within the supposed buffer zone, and finally to the Moon, a lunar landscape within core zone, where numerous volcanic chimneys and boiling hot springs are found.

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Desert Wadis (T)

Boj Philippines - 06-Aug-20

Desert Wadis (T)

Visited Wadi El-Gemal or Valley of the Camels in July 2020, in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Luckily during the visit of the National Park's terrestrial "half," it was just myself, two travel companions and two local guides - enough physical distancing. Amidst the sweltering heat, our 4x4 drove through rocky landscape, specks of acacia trees across the valley and true to the park's name, herds of camels resting underneath them. 

The next day, our group visited the Park's marine "half" and swam through healthy coral reefs and walked around mangrove forests. This land-sea continuum truly reflects the site's potential OUV and unique biodiversity.

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Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)

Boj Philippines - 22-Feb-20

Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)

April 2019 was an exciting moment for Philippine archaeology - the classification of Callao Man as a separate and therefore new species of human called Homo luzonensis, whose first remains were discovered in 2007. 

Before its discovery, most (if not all) focus were on Tabon Man (discovered in 1962) and the Lipuun Cave complex in Palawan, as far as early Philippine human remains are concerned. The Callao Man's third metatarsal bone was said to be 67,000 years old, and much older than the Tabon Man; thus likewise the possibility of the north-to-south movement of ancient humans across the archipelago, instead of the opposite.

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Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)

Boj Philippines - 29-Feb-20

Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)

Come inscription time, "Ancient Cultural Landscape of the Fayoum Oasis" would be an apt name adjustment, with emphasis on the word ancient, as the human-oasis interaction in the site has greatly evolved over time. 

Fayoum's most significant existing cultural treasures - the Hawara Pyramid, archaeological discoveries (ancient settlements), the Bahar Youssef Barrage, the network of irrigation canals, and other worship sites for Nile deities - are testaments to how the inhabitants managed the flooding and draining of the Nile. The photo (see attached) is taken in a temple called Qasr al Sagha, a pharaonic monument north of Lake Qarun. It is dedicated possibly to Sobek, the Crocodile God, and the crocodile is a sacred animal for Ancient Egyptians.

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Batanes Cultural Landscape, Chocolate Hills, Mayon Volcano Natural Park & Galleon Sites

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  1. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  3. Ancient Residences in Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces (T)
  4. Ancient Tea Plantations of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er (T)
  5. Apo Reef Natural Park (T)
  6. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  7. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  8. Butuan Archeological Sites (T)
  9. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  10. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  11. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  12. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  13. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  14. Desert Wadis (T)
  15. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  16. El Fayoum (T)
  17. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  19. Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qaroun Nature Reserve (T)
  20. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  21. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  22. Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves (T)
  23. Kharga Oasis and the Small Southern Oases (T)
  24. Lac Abbeh (T)
  25. Le Lac Assal (T)
  26. Le Parc National de la forêt du Day (T)
  27. Les Îles Moucha et Maskali (T)
  28. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  29. Minia (T)
  30. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  31. Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (T)
  32. Mt. Pulag National Park (T)
  33. Necropolises of Middle Egypt, from the Middle Empire to the Roman period (T)
  34. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (T)
  35. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  36. Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)
  37. Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (T)
  38. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  39. Route of Magellan (T)
  40. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  41. Southern and Smaller Oases, the Western Desert (T)
  42. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  43. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  44. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  45. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  46. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  47. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  48. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  49. The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point (T)
  50. Trowulan (T)
  51. Ville de Djibouti (T)
  52. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  53. Wudalianchi Scenic Spots (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Bagan
  2. City of Herat
  3. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  4. Dzongs of Bhutan
  5. El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Infrastructure of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Mecca, Kaaba
  11. Panama Canal
  12. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  13. Railways of the Andes
  14. Rainforests of Polynesia
  15. Silk Roads
  16. Suez Canal
  17. Tana Toraja Cultural Landscape
  18. The Grand Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Varanasi