Will These Asian Destinations Make The 2019 UNESCO World Heritage Site List?
If your travel goal is to visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet, the challenge is about to get harder. UNESCO's site list—which currently names 1,092 sites in 167 countries—is reviewed annually by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which decides on additions to the highly coveted list.
11 days of deliberations have began in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 30 and will end on July 10 to decide which of the 36 nominated sites should be added to the list.
To share UNESCO World Heritage status with famous destinations such as India’s Taj Mahal, Petra in Jordan and Uluru in Australia, sites must be “of outstanding universal value", which are represented in three categories: natural, cultural and mixed properties.
Before UNESCO announces the new inscriptions on July 10, we take a look at some of the 2019 destinations nominated in Asia that may be worthy of the title: