Korea seeks UNESCO World Heritage designation for 7 mountain temples

Su Jin Jang, Feb. 2, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

Korea‘s Cultural Heritage Administration submitted an application Friday to list seven Buddhist mountain temples for a UNESCO World Heritage site, the state-run agency said Thursday. The seven temples, all located on mountains, are Beopjusa on Songnisan, Tongdosa on Yeongchuksan, Buseoksa on Bonghwangsan, Bongjeongsa on Cheondeungsan, Magoksa on Taehwasan, Seonamsa on Jogyesan and Daeheungsa on Duryunsan.

Whether the temples will be listed will be determined next year after a site review by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a nongovernmental international organization.

In August, the CHA chose the seven mountain temples to possibly be inscribed on the UNESCO list.

“The temples, since their establishment, have continued the tradition of Korean Buddhism that is both religious and deeply rooted in people’s lives,” an official from the agency said. 

Meanwhile, the decision on the inscription of Seoul City Wall will be made at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, from July 2 to 12.

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