‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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Head to Cambodia now. Its temple complex is a UNESCO world heritage site

The UN cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, is home to numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal. “Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” UNESCO said on its website. UNESCO said the…

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The Heritage Buildings of Delhi – Lessons in Rich History

Delhi is the capital that brings together two different worlds. Old Delhi is lined up with havelies and mosques. On the other side is the New Delhi with tree-lined avenues and government buildings. Delhi is known for its rich heritage and ancient architecture; its culture is something that every resident of the city boasts upon. The richness can be witnessed in its grand Mughal forts and the ancient temples that represent the Indian architecture If you have made up your mind to witness this historic land, then first look out…

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Heritage walks in Agra – A city that’s much more that the Taj Mahal

Several tourists miss out on the varied experience that Agra has to offer in their hurry to cover the famed ‘Golden Triangle’. You might think to yourself that you’ll take a flight to Agra, have a quick look at the main event – the Taj Mahal – before flying on out to Delhi. But you really are skipping past a myriad of heritage walks and little exploratory wanders through this picturesque city. The following places to visit in Agra lie relatively close together, placed near or on the banks of…

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