UNESCO adds 5 cultural sites to World Heritage List

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 2, 2010 00:12

SAO PAULO  — UNESCO added five cultural sites to its World Heritage List on Sunday, including the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi in Vietnam.

The citadel, built in the 11th century by the Viet Dynasty, became the 900th site listed as a World Heritage Property. With the other four sites added, the total increased to 904.

On Saturday, UNESCO added nine sites to the list, including Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, home to nuclear bomb testing in the 1940s and 1950s. UNESCO said the tests had "major consequences" on the geology and environment of the atoll and symbolized "the dawn of nuclear age.

Also added to the list Saturday were the Turaif District in Saudi Arabia; Australia's penal colony sites; the Jantar Mantar astronomical observation site in India; a shrine in Ardabil, Iran; the Tabriz historic bazaar complex, also in Iran; and the historic villages of Hahoe and Yangdong in South Korea.

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's meeting to consider cultural sites for listing ends Tuesday.


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