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Historic City of Ayutthaya

Historic City of Ayutthaya

UNESCO World Heritage Site #36

August 132014

Ayutthaya was once the most important economic center of the world. From 1350 to its destruction in 1767, it served as the link of trade between east and west as it was positioned equidistant to India and China. Many visitors entered with wonder and left in awe, much like visitors today.

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Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
July 252014

Koyasan Mountain is one of the most famous in all of Japan. For nearly 2000 years (it’s 1999 for now), it has served as a place of pilgrimage for thousands of monks. Today, dozens of preserved Buddhist monasteries remain along with the original routes which were carefully preserved. The graveyard that leads to the Okunoin Mausoleum of the monk Kukai is both eerie and beautiful at the same time.

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Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

UNESCO World Heritage Site #34

July 112014

Located less than thirty minutes south of the Korean capital is the best preserved city wall in the whole country. Hwaseong is a relatively new fortress (end of the 18th century) built by the Joseon dynasty to defend the city of Suwon and honor the late Prince Sado.

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Changdeokgung Palace Complex

Changdeokgung Palace Complex

UNESCO World Heritage Site #33

June 32014

Changdeokgung was pretty much the most happening palace of the Joseon Dynasty. While it has been burned down a bunch of times, usually by the evil Japanese, Koreans have never tired of rebuilding and preserving their proud history. It also helped inspire Korean architecture during that era.

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Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza

Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza

UNESCO World Heritage Site #32

May 242014

Chichen Itza was one of the most important cities in the Mayan Civilization which spread across modern-day Mexico and Central America. While often shrouded in mystery, this city is a testament to Mayan cultural and scientific achievements throughout the centuries.

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City of Cuzco

City of Cuzco

UNESCO World Heritage Site #31

May 142014

The City of Cusco was once the capital of the empire of the Inka, the largest Pre-Columbian state in the Americas. It was a freshly created state which consisted parts of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. What remains today of this once glorious city?

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site #30

May 22014

Mesa Verde National Park is one of the most incredible places to discover ancient Native American History in the US. The ‘cliff dwellings’ are truly unique as they are built on the sides of cliffs on a very high plateau in Southern Colorado.

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Chaco Culture

Chaco Culture

UNESCO World Heritage Site #29

April 222014

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is one of the most underrated places to visit in the United States. It has the remains of Pueblo Indian Great Houses and amazing petroglyphs that have been preserved for one thousand years.

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Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

UNESCO World Heritage Site #28

March 272014

Jeju Island is known by the locals as the Hawaii of Korea. It is a volcanic island known for its natural beauty with crystal clear beaches, wonderful hikes, and of course, a giant volcano in the center. Given all the local praise, is Jeju really worth all the hype? Here is my take.

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Historic Center of Rome

Historic Center of Rome

UNESCO World Heritage Site #27

March 52014

Rome was founded in 753 BC and endured for more than one thousand years. In that time, it spread language, culture, and religion to what was then 1/4 of the human population. Does the city of today live up to the legend? That is what we are here to evaluate.

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Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration
February 142014

The highest peak of the land of the rising sun does not disappoint. It towers over the surrounding landscape, and has pretty gorgeous sunsets too. Does it live up to the legend? Click to find out.

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Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

World Heritage Site #25

January 32014

The historical sites of Kyoto are among the most beautiful on Earth. Founded more than a thousand years ago, the ancient capital offers gorgeous gardens, amazing architecture, and piece of mind. While ancient Kyoto is a thing of legend, how much of it remains? Click to find out!

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Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
December 62013

Dolmens are ancient Neolithic-era tombs built around 5-6 thousand years ago and serve as one of the few signs of early human intelligence. While stonehenge is a far more popular dolmen site, the ones in Korea account for 40% of all the dolmens in the world. This site is actually in three different locations, with the best being in Gochang.

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Historic Villages of Korea: Yangdong and Hahoe
November 152013

While Hahoe and Yangdong have similar significance, they could not be more different. Yangdong feels like an empty shell, a longing of what ‘used to be.’ Hahoe on the other hand, is one of Korea’s most beautiful folk villages. They are both the birth places of powerful clan leaders that gave rise to some of Korea’s most influential families.

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Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper”
October 312013

There is no doubt that ‘Last Supper,’ beautifully displayed on the walls of the Maria Delle Grazie church, is a masterpiece. While is does shows the true skill of one of histories greatest minds, does a single painting deserve to be considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Personally, I don’t think so, but you be the judge.

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Angkor

Angkor

World Heritage Site #21

September 102013

The Khemer Empire’s ancient city of Angkor is much more than the ultra famous Angkor Wat. The area includes four other impressive temples which are MUST SEE. One little known fact is that the city was planned, was incredibly advanced for its time (1200 AD), and boasted a population of up to 1 million inhabitants.

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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park

World Heritage Site #20

September 12013

These remote islands are the home of the legendary Komodo dragon. This deadly and enormous lizard was popularized by the BBC documentary life and it lives up to its hype. Komodo is much more than the dragons though as the coral reefs that surround the National park attract one of the most diverse marine ecosystems on earth.

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Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

World Heritage Site #19

August 202013

The secret city of the Inca was a religious retreat of the highest importance. Discovered in 1911, Machu Picchu has often been called the find of the century and I have yet to meet someone who disagrees. To get the absolute best views, book entrance to hike ‘Huaynapicchu’ or ‘Montana Machu Picchu’ which surround this marvellous city.

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Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
July 132013

The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs and pictographs of animals, common objects, and geographical shapes carved out by the ancient Nazca culture of Peru. The most incredible feature is that due to a thin protective layer of hot air and extremely low precipitation, these lines have not been erased despite being drawn 2000 years ago.

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Piazza Del Duomo, Pisa

Piazza Del Duomo, Pisa

World Heritage Site #17

June 302013

Pisa is pretty much everything you expect from an ultra popular site: well kept buildings, a ridiculous entry ticket for everything, and souvenir shops…lots and lots of souvenir shops. If you want to know what the fuss is all about, go ahead, but I won’t blame you if you decide to skip this one all together.

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Archaeological Area of Agrigento

Archaeological Area of Agrigento

World Heritage Site #16

June 122013

These ancient Greek ruins are locally famous, but largely unknown to non-Italians. They consist of temples built around the 9th century BC, far pre-dating those in Acropolis, Athens and remarkably well preserved. The Concordia temple (pictured) is a perfect example of some of the earliest known Greek architecture.

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall

World Heritage Site #15

May 252013

The Great Wall, despite its name, is not a single wall but a network of dozens of fortresses that have been built on and off since the 3rd century BC till the 17th century AD. While it is not all connected, the area nearest Beijing is well preserved and easily accessibly. With a length of over 6000km, you’re going to be here a while.

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Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine

World Heritage Site #14

May 162013

Confucian scripture teaches that at death, the body and spirit separate. While the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty hold the physical bodies of the Joseon Dynasty monarchs, Jongmyo contains their spirits. Each year, the Jaerye festival puts on an amazing ritual that has been performed for over 600 years.

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Vatican City

Vatican City

World Heritage Site #13

May 12013

The tiniest country on earth is also the home of one of the most powerful, the Roman Catholic Church. Over the last two millennia, the RCC has managed to put together one of the most impressive collections of art, religious artifacts, and the third largest ancient egyptian collection on earth. Isn’t it supposed to be non-profit?

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Old Town of Lijiang

Old Town of Lijiang

World Heritage Site #12

April 142013

Lijiang is a city with a history spanning 800 years, mainly built by the Nakhi people, an ethnic minority of the Yunnan Province. Although it had developed a lot recently due to tourism, traditional textiles and even horseback riding can be observed by people who still follow the old ways.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

World Heritage Site #11

April 42013

Spanning the distance of a small country, the Grand Canyon definitely earns the ‘grand’ in its name. Due to its size, you have the option of exploring from multiple entry points, with the most popular being the ‘North Rim.’ At almost a mile deep, this is one landscape you won’t soon forget.

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Historic Center of Mexico City and Xochimilco
March 272013

Mexico City is one of the most historic cities on earth. The beautiful town center known as “El Zocalo” has been improved with the discovery of “El Templo Mayor” the ancient center of Tenochitlan, the Aztec capital. While crime is what most people think of when it comes to Mexico, the reality simply doesn’t match that fantasy.

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Haeinsa Temple and the Tripitaka Koreana
March 252013

Deep within Gayasan National Park lies Haeinsa Temple, one of the ‘Three Jewel Temples of Korea.’ While the temple is impressive, what sets this site apart is the Tripitaka Koreana, a set of 80,000+ wooden tablets which are the oldest known flawless set of cannon ‘Buddhist Sutra’ writings.

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Gyeongju Historic Areas

Gyeongju Historic Areas

World Heritage Site #8

March 232013

Gyeongju was once the capital of the Silla Kingdom, the first to unify the Korean peninsula under one domain in 668 AD. These historic sites are reconstructions of what once was one of the most powerful and grandiose cities in the region. While the crowds can be borderline obscene, monuments like the Anapji Pond are indeed beautiful and are more so at night.

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Historic Center of Zacatecas

Historic Center of Zacatecas

World Heritage Site #7

March 152013

Zacatecas is one of the oldest cities in the new world and one of the many in Mexico to embrace its colonial roots. The historical center has beautifully preserved buildings complete with a huge cathedral that adorns the center. Nearby is a silver mine that is said to have provided up to 40% of the world’s silver.

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Redwoods National and State Parks

Redwoods National and State Parks

World Heritage Site #6

March 112013

Home to the tallest trees on earth, the Redwoods National and State Parks are an amazing place to get away from it all. Despite being quite famous, it receives relatively low tourism and even less people stay to camp. Drive along the Avenue of the Giants for a change to literally drive through a tree.

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Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an

World Heritage Site #5

March 12013

Dubbed the ‘Amazon of Mexico’ by some guy I spoke to once, Sian Ka’an is truly a natural wonder. Just south of the Mayan city of Tulum lies one of Mexico’s best kept secret, complete with jaguars, monkeys, dolphins, and even Mayan ruins. Did I mention that its beaches have been rated top 5…in the world!?

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Venice and It’s Lagoon

Venice and It’s Lagoon

World Heritage Site #4

February 232013

The city of over 100 islands that has inspired writers and poets often makes the bucket list of even the least romantic prune. But, does the myth in the songs live up to the hype, or has it been overrun by the over 200 million recorded tourists in the last decade? Here is a tip: Explore at night!

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Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

World Heritage Site #3

February 192013

Teotihuacan was a massive pre-hispanic city whose inhabitants remain a mystery. Far pre-dating the Mexica (rulers of the Aztec Empire), construction for Teotihuacan started over 2000 years ago and included the massive pyramids of the sun and the moon, the largest in all of Mexico.

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Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

World Heritage Site #2

February 172013

This collection of 40 tombs scattered throughout 18 different locations contains the remains of every single monarch of the Joseon Dynasty [1392-1911]. Shrewd grave-keepers managed to keep the tombs’ true occupants a secret during the Japanese occupation, leaving them as one of Korea’s few original structures.

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The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
February 132013

Emperor Qin Shi Huang had accomplished incredible feats by being the first to unify China and starting what would become the basis of The Great Wall. This mausoleum contains 7000 terracotta (clay) soldiers, horses, and chariots he commissioned to protect him from the only thing he feared, his own mortality.

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  • Historic City of Ayutthaya

    Historic City of Ayutthaya

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  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

    Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

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  • Hwaseong Fortress

    Hwaseong Fortress

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  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex

    Changdeokgung Palace Complex

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  • Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza

    Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza

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  • City of Cuzco

    City of Cuzco

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  • Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

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  • Chaco Culture

    Chaco Culture

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  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

    Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

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  • Historic Center of Rome

    Historic Center of Rome

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  • Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration

    Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration

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  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

    Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

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  • Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

    Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

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  • Historic Villages of Korea: Yangdong and Hahoe

    Historic Villages of Korea: Yangdong and Hahoe

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  • Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper”

    Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper”

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  • Angkor

    Angkor

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  • Komodo National Park

    Komodo National Park

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  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

    Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

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  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

    Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

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  • Piazza Del Duomo, Pisa

    Piazza Del Duomo, Pisa

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  • Archaeological Area of Agrigento

    Archaeological Area of Agrigento

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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

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  • Jongmyo Shrine

    Jongmyo Shrine

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  • Vatican City

    Vatican City

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  • Old Town of Lijiang

    Old Town of Lijiang

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  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon National Park

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  • Historic Center of Mexico City and Xochimilco

    Historic Center of Mexico City and Xochimilco

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  • Haeinsa Temple and the Tripitaka Koreana

    Haeinsa Temple and the Tripitaka Koreana

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  • Gyeongju Historic Areas

    Gyeongju Historic Areas

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  • Historic Center of Zacatecas

    Historic Center of Zacatecas

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  • Redwoods National and State Parks

    Redwoods National and State Parks

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  • Sian Ka’an

    Sian Ka’an

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  • Venice and It’s Lagoon

    Venice and It’s Lagoon

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  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

    Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

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  • Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

    Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

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  • The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

    The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

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