Two villages in North Gyeongsang Province have been newly added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in Brasilia on Saturday decided to include them collectively under the name Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong.
Hahoe in Andong and Yangdong in Gyeongju are the two best-preserved historic clan villages from the Chosun period.
Korea now has 10 world heritage sites: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, or the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks, and Jongmyo Shrine were listed in 1995, followed by Changdeokgung Palace Complex and Hwaseong Fortress in 1997. Gyeongju Historic Areas and Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites were added in 2000, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes in 2007, and the Royal Tombs of the Chosun Dynasty in 2009.