Royal Tombs to Be Listed as World Heritage Site

      May 14, 2009 08:10

      Forty royal tombs from the Chosun Dynasty could be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday said the International Council on Monuments and Sites has recommended in a recent report to UNESCO that the tombs be listed. The report states the result of ICOMOS' evaluation of the tombs. None of ICOMOS' recommendations have been rejected so far. The listing will be determined at the 33rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Commission in Seville, Spain on June 22-30.

      The tombs are those of 27 Chosun kings and their queens. The tombs are a rare preservation of an entire royal lineage. The CHA last year applied to UNESCO for the registration of 40 of the 42 tombs, excluding two in the North Korean border city of Kaesong -- Jereung, the tomb of queen Sinui, the wife of the Chosun's founder king Taejo, and Hureung, the joint tomb of the Chosun's second king Jeongjong and queen Jeongan.

      Visitors look at Geolleung, the royal tomb of the 22nd Chosun Dynasty ruler King Jeongjo and his consort Queen Hyoui in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday.

      Meanwhile, Korea also filed an application to list the Cretaceous Dinosaur Coast -- a strip of shoreline rich in the fossilized remains of dinosaur eggs and dinosaur footprints in South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces -- but the application was rejected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since there is insufficient research on the fossilized remains.

      The Chosun tombs will bring Korea's World Heritage sites to nine, including the Jongmyo Shrine and the Seokguram Grotto.

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