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UNESCO Word Heritage Site #7: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

From the World Heritage inscription: The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two millennia ago in the pre-colonial Philippines. The terraces are located in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range on the northern island […]

Off to Chiang Mai

My short stint in Udon Thani is over. It was interesting for no other reason than Udon Thani isn’t on the normal tourist route. I did manage to sneak in a trip to World Heritage site #51 yesterday, the Ban Chaing Archeological Area. It was a nice museum, but like the other archeology site I […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #6 Baroque Churches of the Philippines

From the World Heritage inscription: This group of churches established a style of building and design that was adapted to the physical conditions in the Philippines and had an important influence on later church architecture in the region. The four churches are outstanding examples of the Philippine interpretation of the Baroque style, and represent the […]

World Heritage Errata

Here are a few other lists I’ve compiled from the first 50 World Heritage Sites I’ve visited on my trip: Most Disappointing 1) Royal Exhibition Building – Australia Why this place is a world heritage site is beyond me. Having met people involved with UNESCO, much of what goes into making the list has to […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 East Renell

From the World Heritage inscription: East Rennell makes up the southern third of Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the western Pacific. Rennell, 86 km long x 15 km wide, is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. The site includes approximately 37,000 ha and a marine area extending […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #5: Te Wahipounamu

From the World Heritage inscription: The landscape in this park, situated in south-west New Zealand, has been shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls. Two-thirds of the park is covered with southern beech and podocarps, some of which are over 800 years old. The kea, the only alpine parrot […]

Top 10 Cultural World Heritage Sites

There are the top 10 World Heritage Sites of cultural significance I’ve visited so far on my trip, which Includes East Asia, the Pacific, SE Asia and Australia. 10) Temple Complex of Prambanan – Indonesia Prambanan is only about 20km from Borobudur, but it is centuries apart. Prambanan is a Hindu temple dating back before […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #4 – Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

From the World Heritage inscription: In 1993 Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. The mountains at the heart of the park have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people and symbolize the spiritual links between this community and its environment. […]

Last Call for Lao

Tonight is my last night in Vientiane. While it is a very nice city, there isn’t a whole lot here and I really need to get moving. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a bus to Udon Thani, Thailand which is a 2 hour bus ride over the border. (Knowing my luck, it will turn into a […]

UNESCO Word Heritage Site #2: Rapa Nui National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century […]

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My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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