Latest UNESCO listings break the stereotypes

Mt Chilbo biosphere reserve
Mt Chilbo biosphere reserve (image courtesy UNESCO)

A famine-ridden state that spends all its money on its army and its nukes; and a country that builds a green city and restores its rivers…

Those are the stereotypes. Yet it’s the North that has just had a biosphere reserve registered at UNESCO, while the South’s latest registration is an impressive piece of military engineering.

The walls of Namhansanseong fortress
The walls of Namhansanseong fortress, Gyeonggi-do (Image courtesy Choi Jin-Yeon / UNESCO / KCTI)

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