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Decision : 28 COM 14B.33
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Complex of Koguryo Tombs)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Noting that this property is the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea,

2. Inscribes the Complex of Koguryo Tombs, Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the World Heritage List, on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv):

Criterion (i): The wall paintings of the Koguryo Tombs are masterpieces of the culture and period of the Koguryo kingdom; the construction of the tombs demonstrates ingenious engineering solutions.

Criterion (ii): The special burial customs of the Koguryo culture had an important influence on other cultures in the region, including Japan.

Criterion (iii): The Koguryo Tombs are an exceptional testimony of the Koguryo culture, its burial customs as well as its daily life and beliefs.

Criterion (iv): The complex of Koguryo Tombs is an important example of burial typology.

3. Taking note of the nomination of the Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom presented by the Chinese authorities at its 28th session,

4. Encourages the authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the authorities of China to consider the possibility of a future joint, transboundary nomination of the Koguryan culture.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: APA
Year: 2004
Decision Code: 28 COM 14B.33