Bucket List-worthy UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are some of the most astounding places protected for the benefit of future generations out there. From beautiful feats of architectural wonder to the most diverse natural biomes mother nature has created, there are many of them across the globe that we can explore and observe. These are worthy of being checked out by travelers across the globe even once. Here are a few examples of these amazing places out there.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
From the early rays of the sun, you’ll find eager tourists ready to swarm this iconic architectural marvel. This amazing temple is considered to be one of the biggest religious monuments of the world and it is also one of the most visited locations within Cambodia, is known the world over and thus is an iconic UNESCO Heritage site.
Sumatran Rainforest, Indonesia
This lush Southeast Asian is home to one of the most endangered primates, the Sumatran Orangutan, that only have around 15,000. There are three different national parks within the area: Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, and Bukit Barisan Selatan. Within these three parks, you can find the orangutan among other animals like rhinos, tigers, and elephants.
Plain of Jars, Laos
Recognized for its tube-shaped stone “jars” and disks (supposedly covers for said jars), there are around 2,100 of them counted around the area. During the iron ages, they were used as tombstones. But who knows the story behind these mysterious human constructs. They truly are a testament to cultural circumstances and growth in the country.
Canal Ring, Amsterdam
Amsterdam has always had this special relationship with water. That’s why it has itself a series of canal channels throughout the capital. This Canal Ring is made up of 165 different sections of water networks that promoted trade via aquatic means and is a recognizable, if not iconic, urban heritage site.
Parthenon, Athens
Once full of vivid hues, this architectural innovation is still as interesting as ever. Despite its state in the modern era, these buildings are still a majestic testament to the engineering prowess and artistry of humans back in the day and are a testament to our ever-evolving intellect and knowledge humans uncovered and acquired.
Paoay Church, Philippines
Churches are often relegated to Heritage Site status if they have enough rich history to them. One of the churches with the richest histories include Paoay Church in Ilocos. With its gothic design, recognizable facade, and even a bit of Javanese and Chinese influences, it’s definitely a building that has some amazing background to it.
There’s a reason why these amazing attractions are preserved as they all have something to show about the natural world, the innovations of man, and many more. With the awareness of environmental destruction along with a growing appreciation for the arts and history, these places are still fantastic places to visit and learn from.