Namhansanseong fortress added to UNESCO World Heritage listUpdated: 2014-06-23 06:28:39 (KST)
Namhansanseong fortress in Gwangju has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The decision was announced Sunday by the 38th UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Doha, Qatar.
This after the Cultural Heritage Administration had announced on April 29th that the International Council on Monuments and Sites had recommended the fortress for inscription.
Namhansanseong fortress was built during the Joseon Dynasty, and it is where the king stayed and worked during the second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636.
The fortress had a temporary palace and Buddhist temples, and monks were mobilized to build and manage the facility.
With the addition of the site, South Korea now has eleven items on the World Heritage list 14 if North Korean sites are included.
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