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Posted : 2013-06-23 19:05
Updated : 2013-06-23 19:05

Gaeseong granted World Heritage status

By Kim Tae-gyu

Historic sites located in North Korea's border city of Gaeseong joined the list of the UNESCO World Heritage in the 37th session of the UN agency's committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday.

The ancient city's sites are the second North Korean property to make the UNESCO list after its complex of Goguryeo tombs, which was granted the status in 2004.

Midway through last year, Pyongyang asked UNESCO to include the many monuments of the city to be registered as a world heritage.

The property is composed of 12 components including five separate sections of the Gaeseong City Wall and several tomb clusters including that of Wang Geon, the founder of the Goryeo Kingdom (918~1,392).

Gaeseong was the capital of Goryeo, which ruled the Korean Peninsula while trying to emulate the success of the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C. ~ 668 A.D.) The latter dominated Manchuria.

The Gaeseong sites are the 12th world heritage listing on the Korean Peninsula as a total of 10 places in South Korea have already been designated by the UNESCO.

Gaeseong is also a city that houses an inter-Korean joint industrial complex, which was closed earlier this year due to the rising tensions between the two Koreas.


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