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S. Korea seeks to put mountains temples on World Heritage List

All Headlines 15:36 January 03, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- Work to register South Korea's seven mountain Buddhist temples on the UNESCO World Heritage is under way, an official at the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Tuesday.

"The Administration plans to submit an application for the registration of the country's seven temples in mountains on the World Heritage List to the UNESCO World Heritage Center within the month, the official said.

The seven mountain temples are Beopju Temple in Mount Songni, Tongdo Temple in Mount Yeongchuk, Buseok Temple in Mount Bonghwang, Bongjeong Temple in Mount Cheondeung, Magok in Mount Taehwa, Seonam in Mount Jogye and Daeheung Temple in Mount Duryun, according to the official.

A final decision the temples' status will be made in 2018 after an 18-month review, the official said.

The Administration has long made preparations for the registration, including seminars, conservation plans and listing of the temples on the Tentative List of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2013.

This Yonhap file photo shows Beopju Temple in Mount Songni, 180 kilometers south of Seoul. Beopju and six other mountain temples are seeking the title of World Heritage. (Yonhap)

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