New UNESCO world heritage sites in Asia
There’s no better time to travel around Asia than 2016. With new additions to Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, your list of must-visit places in this part of the world gotten even longer. So put on your planning hat and start plotting your itinerary.
Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain, Mongolia
Believed to be Genghis Khan’s place of birth and burial, this site is considered to be the most sacred mountain in the country. According to Unesco, in this mountain, “ceremonies have been shaped by a fusion of ancient shamanic and Buddhist practices”.
Baekje Historic Areas, Republic of Korea
This piece of history comprises Buddhist temples, fortresses and other structures of the ancient Baekje Kingdom. When you visit this place, you will experience life in old Korea through the Gongsanseong Fortress and Royal Tombs, the Busosanseong Fortress, the Gwanbuk-ri administrative buildings, the Jeongnimsa Temple, the Neungsan-ri Royal Tombs, the Naseong city wall, the Wanggung-ri Royal Palace, and the Mireuksa Temple.
Botanic Gardens, Singapore
This 156-year-old tropical garden is the country’s first Unesco World Heritage Site. Rich in historic features, plantings and buildings, it has progressed into a world-class scientific institution for science, research and plant conversation.
The sprawling garden is just a leisurely stroll away from Orchard Hotel – situated at the heart of Singapore’s ever-vibrant Orchard Road. You may ease into a day of shopping after you’re done sightseeing.
Meiji Industrial Revolution, Japan
This heritage site features a series of structures developed for iron, steel, shipbuilding and coal mining. They’re a testament to the rapid industrialisation of the country during the Bakumastu and Meiji periods.
Tusi Sites, China
Located in Southwest China, this historical site holds the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors from the 13th century to the mid-20th century. This system, referred to as Tusi, allowed Chinese emperors to govern the ethnic minority in south central and southwest China. The Tusi system includes sites of Laosicheng in Yongshun County, Hunan; Tangya in Xianfeng County, Hubei; and the Hailongtun Fortress in Huichuan District, Zunyi, Guizhou.