AttractionsMore destinations in Asia make the UNESCO list, but other sites get onto ‘danger list’.

Who’s new and who’s in danger as World Heritage Sites?

Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s largest limestone archipelago.
Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s largest limestone archipelago. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/fabio lamanna

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has extended the status of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay to include Cat Ba Archipelago, the country’s largest limestone archipelago.

It is now listed as one World Heritage site: Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago. Ha Long Bay was first recognised in 1994.

Elsewhere in the region, Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, while China’s Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er has become the world’s first tea culture World Heritage Site.

The UN body has been assessing sites for their World Heritage status, last week adding the Forest Massif of Odzala-Kokoua in Congo and the volcanoes and forests of Mount Pelée and the Pitons on the French island of Martinique to the list.

In Europe, the medieval Jewish town centre of Erfurt city in central Germany was also inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has also added sites in Ukraine to its ‘in danger’ list. These are the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, both located in the capital city of Kyiv, and the historical centre of Lviv in western Ukraine.

The World Heritage ‘in danger’ list includes heritage sites that are threatened by forces such as armed conflict, natural disasters, pollution and more.

Italy's Venice and its surrounding lagoon successfully avoided placement on UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list. However, the committee had in July issued a warning, expressing concerns about Italy's efforts to safeguard the city from the challenges of overtourism, development, and climate change.

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