Kaesong Added to World Heritage List

      June 24, 2013 10:51

      North Korea's historic border city of Kaesong was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh on Sunday.

      It is the second site from the reclusive state after a complex of Koguryo Tombs was acknowledged by UNESCO in 2004. The two Koreas now have a combined 12 sites on the list.

      Some 12 historical monuments and sites in Kaesong "exhibit the synthesis of cultural, spiritual and political values of pre-existing states unified under the [Koryo] and the interchange of such values with other neighboring states," UNESCO wrote.

      Meanwhile, Mt. Fuji (3,776m) in Japan was also granted the same distinction, bringing the island nation's total number of recognized historic sites to 17. UNESCO described the mountain as a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration for Japanese.

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