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Hunza Valley,Pakistan

Located in Pakistan's mountainous Northern Areas, the Hunza Valley was once the most important kingdom in this area due to its strategic location. Bordered by China, Afghanistan, Ghizar and Nagar, the Hunza Valley was once the only direct route to China. The harshness of its environment and the fighting abilities of its people protected the valley from external attack until the 19th century. Unique architecture and rich culture and traditions are the heritage of the valley.

IMPACT Hunza Valley will be produced with the partnership of Baltit Heritage Trust and the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan.

 



Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur was the capital city of Nepal from the 12th to the 15th century. The walled town is famous for its monuments, traditional lifestyle, craftsmanship and unparalleled historic urban assemblage. With its beautiful surroundings and the remarkable preservation of its heritage, the medieval municipality of Bhaktapur is one of the World Monument Zones in the Kathmandu valley.

 


Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Lijiang is a network of traditional villages at the eastern end of the silk trade route. Lijiang was a major market place in Southwest China during the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties (10th-17th centuries). The architecture is authentic and well preserved due to the strength of its construction. This community is well known for its music, painting and other arts. Lijiang was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997.

 


Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a sacred Buddhist site and is famous for its Buddhist monasteries and temples, including the renowned temple of the Holy Tooth. Kandy sits in a river valley and is surrounded by a spectacular mountainous landscape, a vista enjoyed from most parts of the town. Kandy was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988.

 


Historic Town of Vigan, Philippines

The eclectic architecture of Vigan is testimony to the influence of Hispanic, Chinese and Asian cultures. Ancestral houses and historical landmarks are tightly strung along the narrow streets of the old Mestizo District. Traditional industries in their vernacular setting still fuel Vigan's economy. The Historic Town of Vigan was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999.

 


Melaka, Malaysia

Due to its strategic location on the Euro-Asian mercantile route, Melaka was for centuries a trading post for the British and the Portuguese. The town is characterized by traditional shop-houses and a coexistence of diverse styles, reflecting the multi-ethnic population of Malays, Chinese, Portuguese, Indians and Arabs. Diverse cultural activities, such as centuries-old festivals, are still celebrated today.

 


Levuka, Fiji

Levuka was the initial site of European colonization in Fiji and the first colonial capital of the country. With its old colonial buildings and dramatic landscape, Levuka is an important example of built heritage from the South Pacific trading era. The town is home to a number of indigenous cultural sites, a rich marine heritage (shipwrecks in the harbor) and a diverse range of living cultures, originating from a mix of Indian and European ethnicity.

 


Hahoe Village, South Korea

Hahoe Village is a typical rural Korean village which has long been the home of traditional Confucian culture. The town is famous for its splendid old temples, stone pagodas, imposing houses of nobilities and the traditional thatched-roofed, stone and mud houses of the farmers. Hahoe annually hosts several classic festivals and rituals.

 

 


Andaman Sea Marine Parks, Thailand

Surin Island, along with other nearby protected marine reserves in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand, has experienced significant changes as a result of tourism growth. The Chao Lay, or "sea gypsies", have succumbed to modern society and their nomadic lifestyle is undergoing unprecedented change due to tourism development. The subsistence lifestyle of the Chao Lay, maintained for centuries, is rapidly disappearing and only a few villages remain intact.

 

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