UNPA issued stamps featuring the 2015 World Heritage Series on six sites in Southeast Asia. The sites are Ayutthaya -Thailand, Hue Monumente – Vietnam, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras- Philippines, Angkor Wat – Cambodia, Borobudur Temple – Indonesia, Luang prabang – Laos.
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Cultural heritage and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
Ayutthaya (also Ajuthja ) is an extinct town that was in the years 1350 – 1767 the center of the Siamese kingdom in present-day Thailand . Seat founded by King U-Thong after leaving the initial capital of Sukhotaj . In 1767, however, Ayutthaya was looted by invaders from Burma and the center of the Kingdom moved to the city of Thonburi and soon after in Bangkok .
Ayutthaya is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Thailand. The whole city is found a large amount of expensive buildings and more than 400 Buddhist monasteries. A large part of them were destroyed during the looting in 1767, but some have recently been restored.
Hué Monuments established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Since 2000 years the Ifugao rice altitude mountains hug the curves. The fruit of knowledge handed down from generation to generation, of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they create a landscape of great beauty that expresses conquered and conserved harmony between humankind and the environment .
Angkor Vat is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
Borobudur Temple Compounds This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa.
The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.
Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
Title: 2015 World Heritage – South East Asia
Date of Issue: June 2015
Country: United Nations