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Ancient Korean sites likely to be listed as UNESCO world heritage

All Headlines 23:25 May 04, 2015

SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean region containing ancient historic sites is highly likely to join UNESCO's world heritage list, the cultural heritage agency said Monday.

After evaluating the so-called Baekje historic sites area, ICOMOS, the advisory council for UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, submitted a report recommending that the committee "inscribe" the region on the world cultural heritage list, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration.

Given that the advisory council's recommendations are accepted by UNESCO with few exceptions, the listing of the South Korean sites is likely to be approved in the UNESCO committee's meeting slated for June 28-July 8 in Bonn, Germany.

The southwestern region encompasses the capital area of the 7th-century Baekje period (18 BC-668 AD) in which key nine Baekje-era remains are located, including the Mireuk Temple and a Buyeo castle town, according to the administration.

With the expected addition, South Korea would have 12 UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites.

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