Designation of World Heritage Sites Not Always a Happy Occasion

Posted on August 19, 2008


Last month, UNESCO inscribed 27 new sites onto the World Heritage List.  Among those inscribed was Preah Vihear temple, on the border between Thailand and Cambodia.  A 1962 international court ruling awarded the temple to Cambodia, but there is still dispute regarding surrounding lands.  The designation of the complex as a World Heritage Site reignited nationalistic tensions and spurred controversy, which appears to be abating.  Thai and Cambodian officials are meeting in Hua Hin to discuss a long-term solution to the dispute.

Read the BBC’s “Talks on Thai-Cambodia Temple Row.”

Read the Wikipedia entry on the Preah Vihear temple.

Check out the newest additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List: “Twenty-seven new sites inscribed“.