Japan to publicize testimony denying that Koreans were forced to work ‘under harsh conditions’ at UNESCO-listed ‘Battleship Island’; The Japan Times

Japan – Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Japan plans to make public some testimony denying that Koreans were forced to work under harsh conditions during World War II at what is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, government sources have said.

The controversial move could draw an angry rebuke from Seoul, which maintains that Korean workers were forced to toil in the Hashima Coal Mine off Nagasaki, on what is now known as Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), when the Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule between 1910 and 1945.

When the island was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site in 2015, Tokyo promised Seoul it would exhibit the history of Koreans forced to work there. Japan may continue to collect more testimony, potentially including acknowledgements of forced labor.


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The world’s top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites revealed; Travel at 60

Poland – Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Which of these wonders have you visited?

The top rated UNESCO sites in the world

If it weren’t for groups like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the importance of cultural monuments may have been lost. But travellers continue to visit these internationally recognised World Heritage Sites, all the while helping to preserve and protect them for future generations. These are the top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites according to travellers who have rated the them on TripAdvisor. Which of these wonders have you visited?

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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5 advantages of living in Mexico; International Living

Mexico – Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

INTERNATIONAL LIVING is the website that helps you to to explore the extraordinary places around the world where you can afford to kick back and enjoy life in your “golden years”. This is what they have to say about “Living in Mexico”…

About three times the size of Texas, Mexico is a vast territory. But although many think they know Mexico, they’re missing out on many aspects that make it such a great place to live for expats.

1. It’s easy to get residence in Mexico or live there without one

It’s said there are 2 million U.S. expats living in Mexico. And one of the main reasons is that the Mexican government makes it easy for foreigners to stay for extended periods.

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6 Spectacular Sights of Brittany, France; Travelettes

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

From Mont Saint-Michel to the turquoise waters of St Malo, this travel guide for Brittany in France tell you where to go, where to stay and what to eat!

There’s a reason France is one of the most visited countries in the world. From the romantic architecture of Paris, to the beautiful beaches of the Riviera, or the fabulous food & wine of Bordeaux, France has a cultural vibe that can suit even the harshest critic’s taste. But what if you could have it ALL in one region of France? We’ll let you in on a little secret! In northwest France lies the region of Brittany. A 3.5 hour car ride from Paris, Brittany is buzzing with a magnificent coastal landscape, the best seafood in the world, beautiful beaches and some of the quaintest, most picturesque villages France has to offer.

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Mummy Discovered in Ancient Tombs in Egypt; Nariman El-Mofty; National Geographic

Egypt – Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

The final resting places of two ancient officials contain colorful grave goods, an elaborate mural, and linen-wrapped human remains.

Egyptian officials today announced the discovery and excavation of two tombs found in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxor. The tombs, dated to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 B.C.) belonged to officials who likely served here at the ancient capital of Thebes, now a UNESCO world heritage site.

The tombs were surveyed and numbered by German Egyptologist Friederike Kampp-Seyfried in the 1990s. At the time, the tomb known as Kampp 161 was never opened, while the tomb identified as Kampp 150 was only excavated to its entrance. The tombs were recently re-discovered and excavated by Egyptian archaeologists.

The names of the officials buried in the tombs remains unknown, as no inscriptions bearing the names of the tombs’ occupants have yet been found.

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What is something you don’t understand about people?; Mika Bains; Quora

Canada – Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Ever seen this photo?

That’s Lake Louise, a stunning lake situated in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Being a national park, Banff is a federally protected area. Due to this, Banff has a few ground rules set out to preserve the area and protect flora and fauna. These rules are critical for the conservation efforts of this park. The one rule that most tourists can’t seem to grasp is to not approach or feed the animals.

Seriously, don’t do it.

Every year, there are 4 million visitors from around the world that visit the park. Being a local, I visit often and I never understand the blatant disregard for the rules. If you’re a tourist to any country, you need to be extra considerate in regards to your actions, and this applies especially in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Parks Canada posts signs all over the place notifying visitors to never approach or feed the wildlife, yet it occurs on a daily basis. Tourists in their cars will pull over to the side of the highway to take photos of the protected wildlife.

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7 Incredible travel experiences in Peru that will enrich your life; Wanderlust

Peru – Sacred City of Caral-Supe

Peru is rich in unforgettable experiences; from exploring rainbow-coloured mountains and ancient cities to witnessing the flight of the mighty Andean condor…

1: Soak up the colours of the Rainbow Mountain

“Is that real?” is a common question from anyone seeing photos of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain for the first time. That’s understandable, given that the colourful stripes across the mountain look like they’ve been painted by a giant with a box of paints.

Mother Nature, or, as they say in Peru, Pachamama is responsible, though, the coloured stripes caused by geological activity, different combinations of minerals and oxidation, and weathering.

Many peaks in the Ausangate mountains, 100 kilometres from Cusco, are richly coloured, but Rainbow Mountain, otherwise known as Vinicunca, is the best known, not least due to it’s Instagrammable appearance, a massive slab of striped rock, from red and pink to lavender and turquoise.

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A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival; Jonathan Kaiman; LA Times

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

Okinoshima is a sacred island in the Sea of Japan, shrouded in mystery and strewn with ancient treasures.

For centuries, the island was forbidden to all but about 200 men, who could wade ashore only one day a year after “purifying” themselves, naked, in the freezing sea. Women were banned. Photographs were banned. Even talking about a visit to the island was long verboten.

Then, in July, after a years-long lobbying effort by Japanese officials, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Okinoshima a World Heritage site, placing it alongside more than 1,000 high-profile attractions, including the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.

The designation alarmed the keepers of Okinoshima’s tradition, and raised questions about how communities keep traditions intact — and secrets secret — in the modern world.

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Asia dominates popular UNESCO heritage site list; Travel Wire Asia

Cambodia – Angkor

ASIA’S significant historical and cultural landmarks Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China dominate the list of the best UNESCO world heritage sites among tourists.  

They occupy the top three spots when it comes to the TripAdvisor’s list of UNESCO cultural and natural heritage sites.

First overall was the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia – one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat’s immense intricate detail includes more than 300 individually carved Celestial nymphs, as well as carvings that depict stories and myths for by-gone times. “The best views are at dawn or dusk when the crowds have gone, and the lighting reveals its true majesty,” TripAdvisor said.

In second was the Taj Mahal in India.

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Where to Spend Winter Solstice; Elite Traveler

Malta – Megalithic Temples of Malta

As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to our pick of where to spend winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.

Celebrated across the globe, winter solstice marks the beginning of longer daylight hours, bringing with it the optimism that spring is on the horizon. As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to the northern hemisphere’s most significant winter solstice settings.


Like many ancient sacred sites, the Unesco World Heritage temples of Angkor Wat are thought to have been built with celestial events in mind, with solar alignment between the temple and a nearby mountaintop shrine, making winter solstice here especially significant.

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