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Asia's UNESCO World Heritage sites less traveled [Copy link] 中文

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8. Complex of Koguryo Tombs
Location: Pyongyang, South Phyongan Province, Nampho, South Hwangghae Province, North Korea

North Korea’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, these 30 odd tombs contain fascinating wall paintings that document everyday life from Korea’s Koguryo kingdom dating back to the fifth century, and spanning from the Korean Peninsula into China’s Jilin province. Only 90 of the 10,000 or so Koguryo tombs found to date contain wall paintings, and nearly half of these, believed to be the tombs of royalty, are located at this site. These tombs and wall paintings are all that remain of this once powerful culture.

Tranquility amidst royal tombs

Tranquility amidst royal tombs

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9. Hwaseong Fortress
Location: Kyonggi-do Province, South Korea

The story behind this fortress wall around Suwon, located 30km south of Seoul, is a palace drama of tragic proportions. It was built by King Jeongjo in the 18th century in preparation to move the capital city from Seoul to Suwon. But it was also built in honor of his father Prince Sado, who was murdered by his own father. Prince Sado was locked inside a rice chest and left to die when he refused his father’s orders to commit suicide.
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10. Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of Kii Mountain Range
Location: Mie, Nara and Wakayama Prefectures, Japan

Set within the beautiful forests of the Kii Mountain range are three sacred sites linked by pilgrimage routes to Nara and Kyoto. The sites reflect the prevalence of Shinto and Buddhism traditions in Japan for more than 1,200 years. The three sites -- Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, and Koyasan -- contain intriguing shrines and temples that date back to the ninth century.

Kii Mountain Range is popular with pilgrims and hikers alike

Kii Mountain Range is popular with pilgrims and hikers alike

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