What are some of Unesco’s new World Heritage sites?

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The United Nations’ cultural organisation, Unesco, has unveiled some new sites on its World Heritage List. Here are some of them.

Koh Ker archaeological site, Cambodia

The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in Srayong commune of Preah Vihear province’s Kulen district.

The sacred site comprised numerous temples and sanctuaries, including sculptures, inscriptions, wall paintings, and archaeological remains.

Constructed over 23 years, it was one of two rival Khmer Empire capitals – the other being Angkor – and was the sole capital from 928 to 944 CE.

Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of the Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er, China

Located on Jingmai Mountain in south-western China, the site comprises five large-scale, well-preserved old tea forests 1,250m to 1,500m above sea level; three protective barrier forests; and nine ancient villages in the old tea forests, which are inhabited mainly by the Blang and Dai ethnic groups.

The cultural landscape was jointly created by the ancestors of the Blang people – who immigrated to the Jingmai Mountain in the 10th century AD, and later discovered and domesticated wild tea trees – and the indigenous Dai people.

Gaya Tumuli, South Korea

The site is an archaeological cemetery with burial mounds attributed to South Korea’s ancient Gaya Confederacy.

According to Yonhap news agency, Gaya was a loosely knit federation of six or seven small kingdoms that prospered between the 1st and 6th centuries in the southern and central regions of the Korean Peninsula.

The tumuli consists of seven clusters of tombs in the architectural style of graves built in the 4th and 5th centuries, along with burial accessories and goods showing Gaya’s network of trade and handcrafted manufacturing.

Hoysala temples, India

Built in the 12th to 13th centuries, the Hoysala temples are located in the southern state of Karnataka. The temples are known for evolving a distinctive ornate style, with temple architecture following a stellate plan built on a raised platform, according to The Hindu.

The material used in temple construction is choloritic schist, also known as soapstone, which is soft and amiable to carving, the Indian newspaper reported.

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