Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (Japan)
Property: Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
Id. N°: 972
State Party: Japan
Criteria: C (ii) (iii) (vi)
The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii), and (vi):
Criterion (ii): For several centuries the Ryukyu Islands served as a centre of economic and cultural interchange between south-east Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, and this is vividly demonstrated by the surviving monuments.
Criterion (iii): The culture of the Ryukyuan Kingdom evolved and flourished in a special political and economic environment, which gave its culture a unique quality.
Criterion (vi): The Ryukyu sacred sites constitute an exceptional example of an indigenous form of nature and ancestor worship that has survived intact into the modern age alongside other established world religions.
Original Decision Document