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Asia-Pacific Regional Secretariat – Gyeongju

Asia-Pacific, Regional Overview

World Heritage Cities are more than man-made buildings and places. They are cradles of memories and human experiences, where countless interactions and creations happen. They are alive, and we want to keep them alive. However, the authorities responsible for taking care of our cities encounter difficulties in addressing issues in mutually satisfactory ways.

Especially in Asia and the Pacific region, the reconciliation of developing a city while conserving protected sites needs a new and strong impetus. More than half of the world’s population lives in this region, of which close to half live on less than a dollar per day. Hence, the region contains the world’s largest number of people living in poverty. With its diversity as an asset, the several countries have enjoyed remarkable economic growth in the last four decades. The region is experiencing rapid changes in economic development, population growth and urbanization, social transformation, and technological development, and world heritage cities in the region are facing countless challenges such as armed conflicts, pollution, uncontrolled urbanization, unchecked tourist development, and the gap between modern life style and traditional life style.

Gyeongju

Gyeongju, home of OWHC-AP was the capital for a thousand years during the Silla dynasty which unified the Korean peninsula in 668. Because of countless and priceless monuments and artifacts scattered around the city, Gyeongjuu is considered  as a large “Museum without walls”. The contemporary residents of the city, being so proud of the historical value of their hometown, have not neglected their duty to preserve the heritage as much as they can.

There are three world heritages:

  1. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  2. Gyeongju Historic Areas
  3. Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

OWHC-AP was founded in December 2013, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. Its first regional meeting was held from 24th to 26th of September 2014.

For further information, please visit our official web site www.owhcap.org or

click the link of the Facebook page

or take a look at this owhcleaflet.pdf

 

News

17 October 2016


2nd Regional Conference for Asia-Pacific

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

Asia-Pacific

23 September 2015


Korea OWHC-AP Students Association Summer Camp

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

Asia-Pacific

9 March 2015


Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival 2015

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

Asia-Pacific

23 February 2015


Welcome to the New Members of “OWHC-AP Youth Messanger”

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

Asia-Pacific


Contact

Jahyun Jang

Regional Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Regional Secretariat
City Hall of Gyeongju
Yangjeongro 260
Gyeongju (Gyeongsangbuk-do Province) 780-701
Republic of Korea

Tel: +82-54-779-6919 / Fax: +82-54-760-7476
owhc-ap@korea.kr