Wishlist - Unesco World Heritage Sites Asia


  • Minaret and archaeological remains of Jam
  • Cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley: 
    • Bamiyan Cliff including niches of the 38 meter Buddha, seated Buddhas, 55 meter Buddha and surrounding caves 
    • Kakrak Valley caves including the niche of the standing Buddha 
    • Qoul-I Akram Caves in the Fuladi Valley 
    • Kalai Ghamai Caves in the Fuladi Valley 
    • Shahr-i-Zuhak 
    • Qallay Kaphari A 
    • Qallay Kaphari B 
    • Shahr-i-Ghulghulah


  • The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin in Armenia's Lori Province (1996, 2000)
  • The monastery of Geghard and the upper Azat Valley in Armenia's Kotayk Province (2000)
  • The cathedral and churches of Echmiadzin and the archaeological site of Zvartnots (2000)


  • The Walled city of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (2000)
  • Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (2007)


  • Qal'at al-Bahrain - Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun


  • Historic mosque city of Bagerhat
  • Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
  • The Sundarbans


  • Angkor
  • Preah Vihear


  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (1987, 2004)
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, with the terracotta warriors Xi'an (1987)
  • Mogao Caves, Dunhuang (1987)
  • Mount Taishan (1987)
  • Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1987)
  • The Great Wall of China (1987)
  • Mount Huangshan (1990)
  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Ancient building complex in the Wudang Mountains, center of taoist monasteries and "internal" kung fu, in Hubei (1994)
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa: 
    • Potala Palace 
    • Jokhang Temple Monastery 
    • Norbulingka (1994, 2000, 2001)
  • Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (1994)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (1994)
  • Lushan National Park (1996)
  • Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (1996)
  • Ancient City of Ping Yao (1997)
  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997, 2000)
  • Old Town of Lijiang (1997)
  • Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (1998)
  • Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (1998)
  • Dazu - Buddhist rock carvings from 9th-13th century located in Chongqing municipality. (1999)
  • Mount Wuyi, a scenic and historic area in Fujian (1999)
  • Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (2000)
  • Imperial tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties: 
    • Xianling tomb, Zhongxiang 
    • Eastern Qing tombs, Zunhua 
    • Western Qing tombs, Yixian and Baoding 
    • Ming tombs, Changping 
    • Xiaoling, Chang Yushun, Qiu Cheng, Wu Liang, Wu Zhen, Xu Da and Li Wenzhong tombs, Nanjing (2000, 2003, 2004)
  • Longmen Grottoes, near Luoyang (2000)
  • Mount Qincheng and the Dujiangyan irrigation system, near Chengdu (2000)
  • Yungang Grottoes (Datong) (2001)
  • Three parallel rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas: 
    • Gaoligong and Yunling Mountains, Nujiang 
    • Baimang-Meili and Haba Snow Mountains, Red and Qianghu Mountain, Diqing 
    • Laowoshan, Nujiang and Diqing 
    • Laojunshan, Lijiang (2003)
  • Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (Huanren County, Liaoning Province and Ji’an, Jilin Province) (2004). Koguryo tombs in North Korea are also listed.
  • Historic Centre of Macao (2005)
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains (2006)
  • Yin Xu (An'yang) (2006)
  • Kaiping Diaolou ("castles") and Villages (2007)
  • Shilin South China Karst, in Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi Provinces (2007)
  • Fujian Tulou, the earth houses of the Hakka people in Yongding County in the West of the province (2008)
  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a Taoist mountain in Jiangxi (2008)
  • Mount Wutai (2009)
  • China Danxia (2010)
  • Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” (2010)


  • Agra Fort, Agra
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Mumbai
  • Churches and Convents of Old Goa
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Fatehpur Sikri, outside Agra
  • Great Living Chola Temples, including the Brihadisvara Temple of Thanjavur; Brihadisvara Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram; and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
  • Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  • Sun Temple, Konarak
  • Sundarbans National Park
  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • The Red Fort Complex, Delhi


  • Borobudur Temple Compounds
  • Komodo National Park
  • Lorentz National Park
  • Prambanan Temple Compounds
  • Sangiran Early Man Site near Surakarta
  • Ujung Kulon National Park
  • Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, including Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park


  • Armenian Monastic Ensembles in Iran: St Thaddeus, St Stepanos, and Chapel of Dzordzor
  • Bam Cultural Landscape
  • Bisotun (2006)
  • Meidan Emam, Isfahan
  • Pasargadae near Shiraz
  • Persepolis near Shiraz
  • Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
  • Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)
  • Soltaniyeh (2005)
  • Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
  • Takht-e Soleyman (2003)
  • Tchogha Zanbil


  • Hatra
  • Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
  • Samarra (archaeological city)


  • Masada
  • Old City of Akko (Acre)
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement
  • Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • Biblical Tels – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheva
  • Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev - Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta
  • Baha'i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee


  • Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area (1993)
  • Himeji Castle (1993)
  • Yakushima (1993)
  • Shirakami-Sanchi (1993)
  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (1994)
  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995)
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (1996)
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (1996)
  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (1998)
  • Shrines and Temples of Nikko (1999)
  • Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (Okinawa) (2000)
  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (2004)
  • Shiretoko National Park (2005)
  • Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (2007)


  • Petra
  • Quseir Amra
  • Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)


  • The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (2003)
  • Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly (2004)
  • Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan (2008)

Korea, North

  • Complex of Koguryo Tombs (Koguryo relics in China are also listed.)

Korea, South

  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex, Seoul
  • Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
  • Gyeongju Historic Areas
  • Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks in Hapcheon
  • Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
  • Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul
  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
  • Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (2009)
  • Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (2010)


  • Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain (2009)


  • Town of Luang Prabang
  • Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape


  • Anjar
  • Baalbek
  • Byblos
  • Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
  • Tyre


  • Georgetown, Penang
  • Gunung Mulu National Park
  • Kinabalu Park
  • Malacca (Melaka)


  • Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape (2004)
  • Uvs Nuur Basin (2003)


  • Kathmandu Valley
  • Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
  • Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Sagarmatha National Park


  • Archaeological sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  • Bahla Fort
  • The Frankincense Trail
  • Aflaj Irrigation Systems


  • Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
  • Buddhist Ruins at Takht-i-Bahi and Neighboring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
  • Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
  • Historic Monuments at Makli in Thatta
  • Rohtas Fort
  • Taxila



  • Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, Moscow Oblast
  • Central Sikhote-Alin mountains, Primorsky Krai
  • Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  • Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands, a.k.a. Solovki, Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery, Vologda Oblast
  • Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent, Moscow
  • Golden Mountains of Altai
  • Historic Center of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
  • Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings
  • Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin
  • Kizhi Island
  • Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
  • Lake Baikal
  • Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve, Chukotka
  • Putorana Plateau
  • Virgin Komi Forests, Komi Republic.
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  • Western Caucasus
  • White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  • Historical Center of the City of Yaroslavl
  • Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent
  • Uvs Nuur Basin, in Tuva, Eastern Siberia
  • Struve Geodetic Arc

 Saudi Arabia

  • The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madâin Sâlih)
  • At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah

Sri Lanka

  • Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya (in Central Sri Lanka)
  • Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
  • Golden Temple of Dambulla
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura
  • Sacred City of Kandy (in Central Sri Lanka)
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve



  • Proto-urban site of Sarazm



  • Archaeological Site of Troy (1998)
  • City of Safranbolu (1994)
  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985)
  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi (1985)
  • Hattusha (1986)
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale (1988)
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985)
  • Nemrut Dagi (1987)
  • Xanthos-Letoon (1988)


  • Kunya-Urgench
  • State Historical and Cultural Park "Ancient Merv"
  • The Parthian Fortresses of Nisa 


  • Historic Centre of Bukhara
  • Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
  • Itchan Kala
  • Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures


  • Complex of Hué Monuments
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi
  • My Son Sanctuary near Hoi An
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park


  • Historic Town of Zabid
  • Old City of Sana'a
  • Old Walled City of Shibam
  • Socotra Archipelago
as listed in http://wikitravel.org/en/UNESCO_World_Heritage_List