Cambodia - Koh Ker

I bought this set of 10 postcards of Koh Ker at Siem Reap National Museum. Anyone interested to swap one of these postcards, please email me.

Cambodia - Kulen Waterways

Kbal Spean. I bought this postcard in Siem Reap in March 2017.

Cambodia - Beng Melea

I bought this rather expensive postcard of Beng Melea in Siem Reap, Cambodia on March 2017.

Spain - Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona

"The Greco-Roman city of Empuries is located in the municipality of L'Escala, in the region of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona (Girona), northeast of the Iberian Peninsula (Costa Brava). Empuries is the only archaeological site on the Iberian Peninsula where the remains of a Greek city (Emporion) and those of a Roman city (Emporiae) are combined."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Greek archaelogical site of Empuries, Costa Brava in Northeasterbn Catalonia. Thanks to Josep and Assumpta of Spain.

Iran - The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan

"Soleymanieh Spring in Fin (Kashan) is the origin of life in this region and generated civilizations like Sialk that belong to 6th millennium BC and other instances onward. This spring generated Garden of Fin, the most prominent Iranian garden. The historical region of Kashan is an especial example of civilization from early Islamic period onward. This region contains several properties like mosques, bazaar, tekyehes (a place where Shiite Moslems mourn the martyrdom of an Imam), houses and industrial units."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Brojerdiha House, Kashan. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

Postcard 2
Ameriha House, Kashan. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli.

Iran - Taq-e Bostan

"This complex consists of a series of properties from prehistoric to historical periods such as Morad-Hassel Tepe, an ancient village, a Parthian graveyard and a Sassanid hunting ground. The most significant property of the complex belongs to the Sassanid one which comprises of two porticos (large and small Ivans) as well as outstanding bas-reliefs from the same period."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Taq-e Bustan, Kermanshah, Iran. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun. Thanks to Fadli of Malaysia who bought it from Iran.

Iran - Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure

"One of the most important reasons for establishment of Kerman City is its location as a cross road. From long long ago, this city has been one of the important locations that connect West to East and North to South. Such a specification has had a remarkable influence on construction and development of bazaar, in a way that the commercial zones of the city have been expanded to the outskirts of Kerman. As a result, the commercial axis and city plan have been designed based on the main commercial lines. The south-north line begins from Old Bazaar (Bazaar Kohneh) to Bazaar Aziz i.e. starting from Rigabad Gate to the surroundings of Gabri Gate and the east-west line of Kerman Bazaar that begins from Mosque gate and ends to Arg Square. Such a plan proves its important role and makes the architectural plan of the commercial axis as a cross-shaped intersection which led to be one of the most beautiful Iranian bazaars. Additionally, it provides the most accessibility between the bazaar and the old quarters of the city."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Ganjali Khan Square, Kerman, Iran. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun. Thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

Iran - The Historical Structure of Yazd

"The historical structure of Yazd is a collection of public-religious architecture in a very large scope comprising of different Islamic architectural elements of different periods in a harmonious combination with climatic conditions.""

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Grand Jamie Mosque, Il-Khanid period of Yadz, Iran. Thanks to Ingrid of Tabriz, Iran. Nice stamps too.

Postcard 2
Yazd Jame Mosque, 14th Century. Thanks to Bernard of Malaysia.

Postcard 3
Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yadz. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun from Fadli of Malaysia.

Postcard 4
Jame-e Kabir Mosque of Yadz. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

India - Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi

"The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi is the Mother Temple of Baha’i faith in the Indian subcontinent. It is an edifice eminently and elegantly distinctive in its design, and uniquely inspirational in its purpose: to represent the Oneness of God, the Oneness of all Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind, the guiding tenets of Baha’i faith.

Expressionist in style and spectacular in its architectural and structural and ingenuity, the House of Worship takes its inspiration from the exquisite lotus flower - a symbol of beauty, purity and divinity intimately associated with worship and a common strand running through the symbolism of many religions in India as well as their international sects and manifestations.

The nine-sided , House of Worship Composed from 45 petals of white exposed concrete “Shell Structure” soaring to a height of more than 34 meters and adorned with shimmering white marble external cladding, sits majestically on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, located in southern New Delhi. Designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba, the House of Worship (popularly called the Lotus Temple), consists of five sets of leaves or petals (3 external and 2 internal sets) each set consisting of 9 thin cast-in-place-jointless concrete shells. The outermost set of nine petals, called the entrance leaves, opens outwards and forms the nine entrances all around the outer hall. The next set of nine petals, or outer leaves, points inwards. The entrance and outer leaves together cover the outer hall. The third set of nine petals, called the inner leaves, appears to be partly closed. Only the tips open out, somewhat like a partly opened bud. This portion, which rises above the rest, forms the main structure housing the 2 sets of nine petals each thin shell structures called interior dome which houses central prayer hall, which seats 1,300.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

I visited this awesome Baha'i House of Worship during my trip to New Delhi in November, 2106. Bought this postcard in New Delhi.

India - Jaipur city, Rajasthan India

"Located in the eastern Rajasthan State of India, the city of Jaipur is well known for its 18th century town planning and Rajput Mughal architectural icons including architectural landmarks such as the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar along with its diverse and thriving historic bazzars. Confined in a 2 sq km area within a well-defined city wall and 9 city gates, it boasts of magnificent architecture and is the one of the most renowned historic planned city of India from the 18th century. Though enclosed by city walls and protected by a range of forts on surrounding hills, the city of Jaipur was conceived not just as the military retreat of feudal warlords but as a commercial city, a business centre of thriving enterprise.

The construction of the city started in 1727. It took around 4 years to complete the major palaces, roads and square. The city said to be built on the principles of Shilpa Shastra, is divided into nine blocks, of which two consist the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public. Huge fortification walls were made along with seven strong gates with addition of two more in latter periods. The directions of each street and market are east to West and North to South. The eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are only three gates facing east, west, and north including the northern gate (known as Zorawar Singh gate) which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber. The walled city is divided into sectors with main market streets. These primary streets form markets like Johari Bazaar, Sireh Deorhi Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Ramganj Bazaar which are specialised markets for specific goods and functional till date as planned in the 18th century.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Awesome facade of Palace of the Winds in the pink city of Jaipur, India. Visited this famous site and mailed this postcard from Jaipur, India in November 2016.

Slovakia - Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain

"The locality is demarcated with the territory of Tatras that have the attributes of the smallest high mountains (currently uncovered with ice) in Europe and also in the temperate geographic zone in the world, on the North Hemisphere. T atras are the part of Western Carpathians and they are situated on the territory of two states - the Slovak Republic and the Polish Republic. Concentration of glacial elements is a specific feature of the locality. The High Tatras are the highest mountains in the Western Carpathians with asymmetric structure. They are formed by a winding ridge with a system of lateral ridges and forked ridges, on which the highest peaks of the Tatras are situated - Gerlach (2,654 m a.s.l.) and Lomnicky peak (2. 629 m a.s.l.)..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A panorama size postcard of Vysoke Tatry. Thanks to Laco of Slovakia.

Ghana - Nzulezu Stilt Settlement

"The spectacular scenery of stilt propped water settlement of Nzulezu built on lake Tadane located in the Jomoro District in the Western Region of Ghana stands out as a magnificent interplay between man and his environment. Nzulezu is an Nzema word meaning "surface of water." The inhabitants of the village are said to have migrated from Walata, a city in ancient Ghana Empire' the earliest of the Western Sudanese States. According to tradition, ancestors of the village were brought to their present place under the guide of a snail. The serene ambience of the surrounding landscape coupled with the general activities of life point to a dynamic relationship between man and nature. Traditional village life is adapted to the watery conditions to the amazement of the visitor. All activities pertaining to normal life chores such as pounding of fufu (a traditional meal) schooling, worship and burial are done on the lake. New born babies are baptized in the lake. The lake it is said, averts possible disasters like outbreak of f~re, killing of natives of the village on or around it. The sacred day of the lake is Thursday, a day set aside on which no activity is supposed to take place signifying a strict adherence to traditional norms and taboos. Nzulezu stilt settlement is a unique lacustrine habitation achieved by a harmony of forces of nature to meet man's needs resulting in a settlement of outstanding value."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Life on water - Nzulenzu water village, Ghana. Thanks to Linda of Ghana.

Czechia - Germany - Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří

DE-01 Historical Mining District Altenberg 
DE-02 Historical Mining District Freiberg
DE-03 Historical Mining District Marienberg
DE-04 Historical Mining District Annaberg 
DE-05 Historical Mining District Schneeberg 
DE-06 Historical Mining District Schwarzenberg 
DE-07 Uranium Mining 
DE-08 Coal Mining 
CZ-KA-01 Mining Landscape Jáchymov 
CZ-KA-02 Mining Landscape Abertamy – Horní Blatná – Boží Dar 
CZ-KA-03 The Red Tower of Death 
CZ-US-01 Mining Landscape Krupka 
CZ-US-02 Mining Landscape Měděnec – Kovářská 

"The transboundary serial nomination of 13 component parts is a large-scale example of a decentralised mining landscape in a Central European mountain region that lies in the southeast of Germany and extends to the Czech Republic – the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). The Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří illustrates the formative influence of mining and metallurgy on the development of the landscape and its culture in an exceptional way. For more than 800 years, from the 12th to the 21th century, the region was actively shaped by mining activities. First silver and tin ores and later other ores such as lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, uranium, bismuth, tungsten, and zinc were mined, smelted and partially processed. Based on mining and metallurgy, the “industrialization” of the region took place in different historical stages."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Large postcard of Freiberg, Ansichten, Germany. Thanks to Stefanie of Germany.

Germany - The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages

"The Naumburg Cathedral is a structure that has remained to a great extent unchanged in its late Romanesque/early Gothic use of forms. Its main construction period extends from 1213 to approximately 1250. As far as its architectural typology is concerned, it towers each on the eastern and western choir. The upper choir connects to the relatively short main building towards the east that is still completely under the influence of the late Romanesque period. It closes with a high Gothic polygonal choir. Research looks upon the late Romanesque east rood-screen as being the oldest hall rood-screen preserved in its complete form on German soil. A further choir was added to the main building around 1250 to approximately 1260 in the west that ends in a 5/8 polygon. It is connected to the middle vessel by means of a wall rood-screen that presents an artistic achievement of the highest order combining architecture, vegetable architectural ornamentation and figural sculptures (especially the six relief images from Christ's suffering)." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Dom St. Peter and Paul of Naumburg. Thanks to Simone of Germany.

Postcard 2
Naumburg Cathedral, Germany with a matching stamp. Thanks to Michele of Germany.

South Korea - Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea

1) Seonamsa at Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
2) Daeheungsa at Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
3) Beopjusa at Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
4) Magoksa at Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
5) Tongdosa at Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
6) Bongjeongsa at Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
7) Buseoksa at Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

"Buddhism was imported to the Korean peninsula in the 4th century and the ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla respectively acknowledged the religion officially. Since then Buddhism prospered as the national religion for over 1,000 years until the end of the Goryeo dynasty. The many Buddhist temples that were built in the 5-6th centuries under the strong patronage of the state contributed to the import of Buddhist culture, architectural technology and style from the continent. Buddhism of Korea adhered to the religious doctrines imported from India through China, but the religion combined together with the existing indigenous beliefs and started to develop the unique style of Korean Buddhist temples."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Beopju Temple of Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do is one of the seven traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples in South Korea. Thanks to CYL who bought this postcard in South Korea.