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UNESCO Heritage List Adds 3 Bali Sites

Bali Sites Now Part of Chain of Valued Heritage Collection Stretching Across Indonesia.

(8/2/2004) Errata: This story has been updated! Please visit the following [link].

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added three sites all in Bali to the seven sites in Indonesia deemed World Cultural Heritage Sites.

Based on the criteria of originality, support from the local culture and the antiquity of the site, the following three Bali locations are now on the UNESCO list:

Pakerisan Valley - the river valley district in Gianyar Regency dotted with prehistoric and pre-Majaphahit archaeological sites providing evidence of Bali's early Hindus and Buddhist settlement.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces located in the region of Tabanan and among the most striking examples of terraced agriculture in the world. Arguably Bali's oldest and most complex example of the Subak rice terrace system of agriculture

Taman Ayun Temple an eighteenth century temple complex at Mengwi surrounded by a moat.

Prior to the latest additions, Indonesia was home to just seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites the Borobudur Temple Complex; Ujung Kulon National Park; Komodo National Park; Prambanan Temple Compound; the Sangiran Early Man Site; and the Lorentz National Park; and the Tropical Heritage Rainforest of Sumatra.

The West Bali National Part was also nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO heritage lists but was not in the final selection.