July 06, 2015 09:42
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added eight historic sites from the ancient kingdom of Baekje in southwestern Korea on its world heritage list on Saturday.
Korea now has 12 world heritage sites, including Sokguram Grotto, Bulguk Temple, Haein Temple Janggyeong Panjeon or the depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks, Changdeok Palace and Hwaseong Fortress.
The committee said the Baekje sites highlight the history of trade and exchanges between the ancient kingdoms with other neighboring countries, thereby reflecting architectural development in the period and the spread of Buddhism.
But it advised Korea to come up with a comprehensive plan to develop the sites and manage the increased number of tourists.
Lee Hye-eun of the Korean office of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, said, "The eight sites are scattered across three different cities, so it will be a challenge to integrate and manage them."
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