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UNESCO meet: North Korean city makes heritage list

The North Korean historic site of Kaesong was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list yesterday, a spokesman for the meeting said.

Ek Tha, spokesman for the 37th World Heritage Committee meetings, which are being held in Phnom Penh, said the committee decided to inscribe the ancient North Korean city on Sunday after examining the nomination.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kaesong was the capital of the Goryeo Dynasty that ruled the Korean Peninsula from 918 until 1392 when it was replaced by the Joseon Dynasty.

It now sits just outside the inter-Korean border that separates the two Koreas roughly along the 38th parallel.

Pyongyang requested Kaesong’s historic monuments be registered as a global heritage site in mid-2012.

The 37th WHC started on June 16 and will continue until Thursday. More than 30 sites are expected to be examined with about half expected to be approved.

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