Paris: World culture body UNESCO added 15
sites to its top heritage list this weekend, including an
imperial palace in Vietnam, temples in China, an Australian
penal colony and a historic bazaar in Iran.
Also listed was the Bikini Atoll, a speck in the Pacific
which was evacuated in 1946 while the United States carried
out nuclear bomb tests, the Paris-based UN organisation
announced on its website today.
In Asia, UNESCO listed the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the holy monuments at Mount
Songshang near Dengfeng in eastern China, and Sarazm, an
ancient archaeological site in Tajikistan.
In Australia, UNESCO added to the list 11 sites set up by
the British to house deported convicts in the 18th and 19th
"The property presents the best surviving examples of
large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion
of European powers through the presence and labour of
convicts," UNESCO said in a statement.
South Korea gained an entry for the 14th-century villages
of Hahoe and Yangdong, nests of Confucian culture, as did
India, with the 18-century astronomical observatory of Jantar
Mantar in Jaipur.