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World heritage

A “heritage” refers to an invaluable asset that has been passed down to us from our predecessors, exists in the present, and must be handed down to our descendants. A heritage’s value affects humankind wherever in the world it is located.
In 1972, UNESCO adopted the “Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” to discover, protect, and preserve cultural and natural heritages that hold such universal and outstanding value.
The World Heritage Committee is a decision-making body that was created to pursue the goals of the convention. The committee is made up of 21 member nations and meets once every year. One topic that is discussed at length at every committee meeting is the protection of world heritage sites, which also involves the recognition of new world heritages sites.
up of heritages that are recognized for their “outstanding universal value” according to the World Heritage Convention and decided by the World Heritage Committee. It can be defined as: a heritage that must not be preserved and passed down by one country but collectively protected and handed down to future generations by all peoples in all nations; a heritage that must be shared with future generations; and a heritage of very high global value that is sustainable and connects the past, present, and future.

UNESCO World Heritage List: Logo and Meaning

The UNESCO logo is
Inspired by the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. Athens was the capital of Ancient Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization.

The world heritage logo
Expresses the outstanding universal value of the heritages that are protected by the World Heritage Convention.

The circular part of the logo
Represents the world. It embodies the desire of humanity to protect all world heritages.

● Central square: symbolizes human-made outcomes
● Outer circle: symbolizes nature
● Combined: symbolizes the connection between humans and nature

The “Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies” logo is
Made up of two parts: the UNESCO logo on the left, and the heritage’s English name that was used when it was registered. The logo on the right-hand side also includes the year that this heritage was registered.