World Heritage Day: Lesser-known Unesco sites in Asia worth visiting; Lainey Loh; Travel Wire Asia

China – Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains

WORLD HERITAGE DAY (otherwise known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites) is held on April 18 each year around the world. The day celebrates cultural heritage, brings awareness to important cultural monuments and sites, and promotes efforts for protection and conservation of the world’s cultures.

It was first proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on April 18, 1982, and approved by Unesco in 1983. The events that take place on World Heritage Day includes visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round-table discussions, and more.

As of July 2017, there are a total of 1,073 World Heritage Sites: 832 are cultural, 206 are natural, and 35 are mixed properties. 55 of these are in danger, such as the 2.5 million-hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Comprising of three national parks – Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park,, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park – the site was listed as endangered since 2011 due to poaching, illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, and plans to build roads.

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