UNESCO World Heritage Sites Archive

A visit to Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, South Korea

While Jongmyo Shrine is not one of the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, it was still a very important site of the Joseon Dynasty. It serves as a shrine for deceased members of royalty.  Jongmyo is located not far from Changdeokgung Palace. Like the many of the palaces, Jongmyo Shrine is situated in a park-like area with […]

A visit to the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, South Korea

Central Seoul is filled with historic buildings and monuments, among them the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul. These royal palaces date back hundreds of years to the Joseon Dynasty, but thanks to the wars of the 20th century, most of them are now faithful reconstructions. The palaces have distinctly beautiful architecture, plus the grounds themselves […]

A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong

Although there are plenty of things to do in Hong Kong, there’s an entirely different experience to be had in Macau, which is just an hour or so away by ferry. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, meaning that while it does belong to China, it has a […]

Riga, Latvia – Exploring the Old Town

I arrived in Riga, Latvia early in the morning before my hotel room was ready. I left my suitcase at the hotel, and set off to explore the Old Town for a while. The entire Historic Centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My first stop was obvious. On my way […]

Top 10 things to do in Havana Vieja, Cuba

I spent the majority of my time in Cuba in Havana, specifically in Havana Vieja, the oldest part of the city. With beautiful buildings, quaint squares, historic bars, and classic cars, Havana Vieja is home to many of the images people think of when they think of Havana. In no particular order, here were my […]