UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

1) KINABALU NATIONAL PARK, SABAH (2000)

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Kinabalu is the fourth highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago and classified as a natural world heritage site by UNESCO in 2000. It is an ultra-prominence peak with 13,435 feet (4,095 meters) of prominence, making it the 20th most prominent mountain in the world. Mount Kinabalu is the centerpiece of Kinabalu National Park and also the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. This 754-square-kilometer park, established in 1964 as Malaysia’s first national park offers outstanding universal values and is considered as one of the most distinctive and important ecological areas in the world. It is inhabited by a variety of habitats ranging from tropical lowland groups and highlands and also designated as the Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia.

  • Kinabalu Park was gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000.
  • Outstanding view from the peak of Mount Kinabalu

2) GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK, SARAWAK (2000)

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Gunung Mulu National Park, situated in the Malaysian State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo,is important for its biodiversity and karst features. Listed as a natural world heritage site, this park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,376 m-high sandstone pinnacle and the property is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. Within Mulu National Park lies the biggest underground cave chamber of the world; Sarawak Chamber (part of Good Luck Cave). The 52,864-ha park contains 17 vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants and a home to millions of bats and cave swiftlets. Mulu national park is a place rich in biodiversity and limestone covered by the flora and fauna.

  • Listed as a UNESCO site in November 2000 due to its dramatic landscape and biological importance.

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3) MALACCA AND GEORGE TOWN, HISTORIC CITIES OF THE STRAITS OF MALACCA (2008)

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Malaysia has been awarded the cultural world heritage site to Malacca and Georgetown in 2008. This nomination was initiated as the serial nomination where both states applied for it as an UNESCO world heritage site based on the importance of the Straits of Malacca as an crucial world trade routes linking the west and east thus creating some important cities along the Straits of Malacca. The recognition is given by the aesthetic culture of the two cities that include cultural amalgamation of Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese and English with the local Malay community. This culture is not only viewed from the aspect of intangible heritage but also highlighted the historical buildings since more than 500 years.

4) ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE OF THE LENGGONG VALLEY, PERAK MAN, (2012)

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The Perak Man on display at the Lenggong Valley Archaeology Gallery.

The Archaelogical Heritage of the Lenggong Valley had been included in the World Heritage Site on July 2012. Discovered within Gua Gunung Runtuh cave in 1991, Perak Man’s remains are considered the most complete and oldest ancient skeleton which has been found in Malaysia. It is radiocarbon dated to 10,120 BP and identified as Australomelanesoid, a hominid type occupying the western part of the Indonesia archipelago and continental South-East Asia at the end of the Pleistocene and early Holocene. The skeleton has been dated at between 10-11,000 years old, which makes him a Stone Age man, from the Palaeolithic period. He was about 157cm tall and probably aged between 30-55 when he died.

2 Julai 2012 - Lenggong Valley declared World Heritage site NST

 

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