Historic North Korean city wins heritage status

The ruins of Manwoldae in Kaesong, North Korea. Photo: AP

Royal tombs, fortress walls and a 700-year-old school in North Korea's medieval city of Kaesong are among a dozen monuments granted World Heritage status by Unesco at its annual meeting.

Monday, 24 June, 2013, 5:25am

Chinese poachers’ ship hauled off Philippine reef

Filipino protesters hold banners to denounce the recent grounding of a Chinese fishing vessel at the Philippines' Tubbataha reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground on one of the Philippines’ most famous coral reefs more than a week ago was removed on Friday, the coast guard said.

The 48-metre ship was hauled by a tugboat from Tubbataha, a Unesco World Heritage-listed coral reef near the western island of Palawan where its crew are facing serious charges, a spokeswoman said.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:26pm 2 comments

Warning over commercialising heritage sites

A bird's eye view of remains of the palace at Xanadu, which was the summer capital for Yuan dynasty ruler Kublai Khan. Photo: Unesco

China is the only country to have had at least one site inscribed into Unesco's World Heritage List each year over the past decade, but analysts warn that an official obsession with such listings for economic gain could compromise the nation's heritage conservation efforts.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:01am

Nunnery's Unesco nomination makes a mockery

Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill. Photo: David Wong

The term world heritage suggests something extraordinary. It conjures up images like the Egyptian pyramids in Giza, the Acropolis of Athens and the Great Wall of China - places with exceptional significance to humanity. According to Unesco, it is "our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations".

30 Dec 2012 - 5:34am 2 comments

Shock over plans to make 14-year-old nunnery a Unesco world heritage site

The Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill was completely rebuilt in 1998, in a Tang dynasty architectural style. Photo: David Wong

Heritage advisers fired questions at officials yesterday for supporting a plan to turn a "fake antiquity" - a 14-year-old nunnery in Kowloon - into a Unesco world heritage site.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:27am 2 comments