Koguryo sites put on heritage list
The 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee Thursday agreed to inscribe the capital cities and tombs of the ancient Koguryo Kingdom of China onto its world heritage list.
It means China now has 30 world heritage entries.
Also Thursday, the Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, was included as an extension to the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911).
The Liaoning Tombs were inscribed as an extension to the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The selection committee also agreed to put the Complex of the Koguryo Tombs inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the heritage list.
The Koguryo Kingdom once expanded to the Korean Peninsula.
To better protect the vanished civilization, the committee recommended future co-operation between China and the DPRK.
In response, Cultural Minister Sun Jiazheng said: "The Chinese Government encourages domestic archaeologists and scholars to undertake all possible co-operation with their peers in the DPRK."
Li Xinquan, deputy head of Liaoning's provincial archaeological institution, said Thursday that he was "one of the happiest archaeologists in the world."
Discussion over the area's possible listing lasted less than 30 minutes and the representatives of eight countries made remarks about the site.
"All said China has preserved the capital cities and tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom well and they supported its nomination to the list," Li said.
After the meeting, officials from Jilin and Liaoning provinces said they would strive to preserve the sites as the World Heritage Convention requires.
"We are under more pressure now," said Sun Xudong, head of Huanren County in Liaoning Province, where Munu Mountain is located.
"Being added to the World Heritage List means we will have to work to higher standards.
"We will put priority on the protection and promotion of the ancient culture to the rest of the world."
Wunu Mountain in Liaoning Province consists of the cities of Guonei and Wandu Mountain, and the Changchuan and Ranmou tombs. Huanwen Tomb is in Jilin Province.