World Heritage Sites

by Regin Reyno

According to Wikipedia, A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which has been officially recognized by the United Nations, specifically by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sites are selected on the basis of having cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance, and they are legally protected by international treaties. UNESCO regards these sites as being important to the collective interests of humanity.

One of my travel goals is to visit these sites. They've been chosen with strict criteria, so once a site is included in the list, you can be assured of its historical, cultural, and natural significance-thus making your travel more educational and fulfilling. 
As of the moment, these are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites I have visited. 



1. Angkor


   2Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park        

   3. Historic Town of Vigan          
   4. Baroque Churches of the Philippines
      a.) Paoay Church
      b.) San Agustin Church 
   5. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras     

      a.) Batad Rice Terraces 

   6. Sangiran Early Man Site
   7. Borobudur Temple Compounds


   8. Historic City of Ayutthaya


  9.  Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties 

 10. The Great Wall
 11. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (Forbidden City)

12.  Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
13.  Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
14. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area 
15. Mount Taishan
16. Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” (Shaolin Temple)
17. Longmen Grottoes
18. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Terracotta Warriors)
19. Yungang Grottoes
20. Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu   
      a.) Temple of Confucius
      b.) Kong Family Mansion
      d.) Cemetery of Confucius 

21.  Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde

        a.) Mountain Summer Resort
       b.) Puning Temple
       c.) Putuozongsheng Temple 


22.  Historic Centre of Macao


23. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
24. Fatehpur Sikri
25. Taj Mahal
26Agra Fort
27. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur  


28. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (Kiyomizu-dera)
29. Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

North Korea 

30. Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong

South Korea 

31. Changdeokgung Palace Complex


32. Bagan


33. Singapore Botanic Gardens


34.  Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
35. White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement



36. Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn


37. Strasbourg – Grande ├«le


38. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
39. Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments


40. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
41. Historic Centre of Naples


42. Vizcaya Bridge

Holy See 

43. Vatican City



44. Medina of Marrakesh
45. Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

North America


46. Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
47. Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

South America


48. City of Cuzco
49. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu





  1. wow!!! how nice! Pre! you have been to many heritage sites!!! That's one of a kind experience!