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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in the Eastern Asia (As Seen By The Community)

So much culture, so many sights to see, but so little time. That doesn't mean we can't try, though. For this round, let's take a look at the rich and colorful sites that Eastern Asia has to offer and how our fellow Lomographers had immortalized them on film. Let's go!

Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing

Location: Tiantan Park, Beijing, China
Date of Inscription: 1998

“The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God’s world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.”

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

Location: Republic of Korea
Date of Inscription: 2007

“Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes together comprise three sites that make up 18,846 ha. It includes Geomunoreum, regarded as the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere, with its multicoloured carbonate roofs and floors, and dark-coloured lava walls; the fortress-like Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone, rising out of the ocean, a dramatic landscape; and Mount Halla, the highest in Korea, with its waterfalls, multi-shaped rock formations, and lake-filled crater.”

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Location: Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Date of Inscription: 1996

“The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity.”

Historic Centre of Macao

Location: Macao Special Administrative Region, China
Date of Inscription: 2005

“With its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, the oldest in China. It bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West, based on the vibrancy of international trade.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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