New World Heritage sites inscribed by UNESCO

UNESCO have added Bagan to the World Heritage list. Bagan was the capital and cultural hub of a regional empire that ruled over a large area of what is now Myanmar between the 9th and 13th centuries. At it’s height more than 10,000 temples and pagodas were built of which the remains of over 2,000 are still standing.

The Bagan Archaeological Zone is one of Myanmar’s main tourists attractions. It is a four hour bus ride from Mandalay.

The fortified city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, north west India has also been addedd to the list. The city was founded in 1727 and built according to the Vedic architecture principals. The Plain of Jars in Laos, the ruins of Liangzhu City in China and a the former coal mining area of Sawahlunto in Sumatra, Indonesia have also been included. The mine was built by the Dutch in the late 19th century. The site includes the mine itself, the town and railway network linking the mines to the coastal facilities

Two natural sites have been added. The migratory bird sanctuaries along the coast of Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf in north east China and the Hyrcanian Forests along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea in Iran.

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