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Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Republic of Korea
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction project in 2002 of a trash incinerator in the region of Kyongju (issue resolved) 

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2003**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

On 11 March 2003, the World Heritage Centre received a letter from the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO, requesting that a UNESCO expert mission be organized to examine a proposed tourism development project at this property, in particular to assess the potential positive and negative impacts such a project would have on the World Heritage values of the property. It was also requested that this mission assist the authorities in finalizing the proposed tourism development project to ensure that the heritage conservation needs are compatible with the tourism development needs.

Following this request, the Centre organized an international expert mission to take place in early June 2003. However, on 22 April 2003, the Centre was informed by the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea that the concerned authorities had cancelled the tourism development project and an official communication would be addressed to the Director of the Centre. Further information will be reported to the Committee at the time of its 27th session. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7B.54
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (Republic of Korea)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Takes note of the information provided by the State Party and the World Heritage Centre on the state of conservation of the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple;

2. Congratulates the State Party on the decision to withdraw the proposal to build a new structure within the vicinity of the World Heritage property of Seokguram Grotto to ensure the conservation of the authenticity and integrity of the heritage area and in particular, the pristine natural setting of the property.

Draft Decision:27 COM 7 (b) 54

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Takes note of the updated information provided by the State Party and the World Heritage Centre on the state of conservation of the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguska Temple;

2.   Congratulates the State Party on the decision to withdraw the proposal to build a new structure within the vicinity of the World Heritage property of Seokguram Grotto to ensure the conservation of the authenticity and integrity of the heritage area and in particular, the pristine natural setting of the property.

Report year: 2003
Republic of Korea
Date of Inscription: 1995
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iv)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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