Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) (C 1278rev)
Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2013
Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A
Previous Committee Decisions see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1278/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 55,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1278/assistance/
UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Previous monitoring missions
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Impacts of tourism/visitor/recreation (Need to develop tourism management and interpretation plans)
- Management systems/Management Plan (Need to further develop the monitoring system to ensure coordination between the monitoring bodies)
Illustrative material see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1278/
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017
On 9 May 2017, the State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation of the property, which was due for 1 December 2016. It is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1278/documents/ and provides the following information:
- An international training workshop on tourism management was held in 2014 and the Tourism Management Plan (including the Interpretation Plans) was completed in December 2015 in close collaboration with the UNESCO Office in Beijing and ICOMOS. A pilot project was initiated in February 2016 to examine the efficiency of the plan. Based on the positive outcome, the plan has been submitted to the Government for endorsement and adoption.
- A conservation and management campaign was launched in March and April 2016, involving 50,000 citizens who actively participated in the repair and environmental improvement of historic sites and the World Heritage property. All repair and improvement activities were conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for Protection and Management of the Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong adopted in 2013.
- Conservation of the mural paintings in the Mausoleum of King Wang Kon has been carried out to prevent further detachment.
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
Despite the regrettable delay in submitting the state of conservation report, the efforts of the State Party to complete the Tourism Management Plan (including the Interpretation Plans) are acknowledged and the State Party should be encouraged to proceed with its timely adoption and implementation.
The previous recommendation of the Committee, made at the time of inscription, that the State Party further develop the monitoring system to ensure coordination between the monitoring bodies, remains important. It is therefore recommended that the Committee reiterate its previous recommendation to the State Party and further request the State Party to submit a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the progress achieved, for examination by the Committee at its 43rd session in 2019.
Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7B.89
The World Heritage Committee,
- Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B.Add,
- Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.62, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
- Notes the efforts of the State Party to complete the Tourism Management Plan (including the Interpretation Plans) and encourages its timely adoption and implementation;
- Requests the State Party to report on the tangible results achieved on the further development of the monitoring system at the property;
- Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019.