Phnom Penh. The historical monuments and sites in North Korea, Kaesong’s light industry centre that also contains the remains of the Manwoldae Palace, joined the list of World Heritage sites Sunday. 

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NachrichtenagenturKaesong was the base of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392) – which gave its name to modern Korea – and the sites in the city and the surrounding mountains testify to the history and culture of the period, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee said.

Kaesong has also acquired a political significance as the site of a joint industrial enterprise between North and South Korea, although operations there were suspended in April.

Committee deciding about North Korea in Phnom Penh

The committee, at a meeting in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, explained the new listing by noting the „important progress made (by Korea) to improve the nomination file“ since 2000.

According to the committee “new development will be prohibited in the surrounding natural landscape that shows the relationship of feng shui with individual historical sites.”

Kaesong becomes the second World Heritage site in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after the Complex of Koguryo Tombs in Pyongyang that was listed in 2004.

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Author | Sarah Thust

Last Update | 23.06.2013

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