United Arab Emirates - Ed-Dur Site

Ed-Dur Site is one of the of the largest archaeological sites in the United Arab Emirates, overlooks Al Beidha Lake. It is naturally surrounded by a series of high sand dunes that protect it from the northern offshore wind prevailing in the region. The site is associated with Meliha site in the Emirate of Sharjah, with which it had strong ties. It was considered the food supplier by using marine transport, while Meliha was concerned with agricultural products that were not available in Ed-Dur. These transactions led to the existence of a unified economy with its own currency . The location of Ed-Dur represents a junction between "Shrax" in southern Mesopotamia and the "north-west of India that serves in supplying water and other items, facilitating the commercial trips. This is indicated in the wells found by the archaeological Mission of Belgium, in addition to many goods imported such as coins, pottery and stone vessels.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Nice Ed Dur archaelogical site postcard with matching stamps. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

India - Tamil Nadu - Temples of Kanchipuram

Another aspect of Kanchi is its rich political legacy. Kanchi was an important city mentioned in the Sangam literature under the rule of the Cholas. However, with the rise of the Pallavas under Simhavishnu about sixth century CE, who made Kanchi as his capital, it gained more political clout and importance. It remained the capital city of the Pallavas for next two centuries. It continued to be a secondary capital under the Cholas as always, they took pride in possessing it and embellishing it with many temples.  After the end of Chola rule in thirteenth century and till toady it never lost its pre-eminence as a centre of culture, religion and sacredness. The ensemble of religious, cultural, social and political efflorescence for several centuries made Kanchipuram a vibrant centre of built heritage, particularly temples dedicated to Siva and Vishnu, in all more than one hundred and fifty temples. The 11 temples are identified under this nomination, are as follows:

  1. The Rajasimhesvaram or Kailasanatha Temple
  2. Piravatnesvara temple
  3. Iravathanesvara temple
  4. Paramesvara Vinnagaram or Vaikuntaperumal temple
  5. Muketswara temple
  6. Arulala or Varadharaja Perumal temple
  7. Ekambaresvara temple (Thirukachiekambam)
  8. Jvaraharesvara temple
  9. Pandava Dootha Perumal Temple
  10. Yathothkari Perumal Temple
  11. Ulagalanda Perumal Temple

Sri Vaikuntaperumal Temple at Kanchipuram. Thanks to Michael of Germany.

Ethiopia - Simien Mountains National Park (SMNP)

"The Simien Mountains National Park (SMNP) is a world heritage property located some 800km north of Addis Ababa in Amhara National Regional State in the northern Ethiopia highland massif. The property area was only 136 square kilometers when it was originally established under the Negarit Gazetta No 4 of 31st October 1969, Order No 59 of 1969. More recently, the Simien Mountains National Park boundary had been extended in order to secure larger areas of suitable habitat for the Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf and to protect the entire afro-alpine and afro-montane vegetation communities on a scenic landscape in the year 20010-2013. In the effort of the participatory re-demarcation process of the national Park, important sites including Mesarerya and Limalimo Wildlife Reserves; and the Silki, Kidus Yared and Ras Dejen Mountains with the interconnecting corridors had become part of the property and exclude some villages situated on the edge of the park and some areas under cultivation based on the need to comply with the national conservation laws and policies that prohibit settlements and cultivation; and regulate extractive use of resources in national parks. Thus, the current Simien Mountains National park extends from 37051'26.36''E to 38029’27.59’’E longitude and from 13006'44.09 '' N to 13023'07.85'' N latitude with a total area of about 412 square kilometers and formally gazetted in the national law in the year 2014 with the regulation No 337/2014."

Source: UNESO World Heritage Tentative List

A cool postcard of Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Simien National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A nice bushbuck deer stamp used. Thanks to Anna who is living in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Sao Tome and Principe - Volcanic Islands of Sao Tome and Principe

"Located off the coasts of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, the volcanic islands of the Gulf of Guinea include the islands of Principe, Sao Tomé (together forming the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe), Bioko and Annobon (part of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea), which all join the volcanic line of Cameroon. The nominated property includes the islands of Sao Tome and Principe. The island of Sao Tome, with a total area of ​​857 square kilometers, lies 255 km west of Gabon and has several islets, the largest of which are llha das Cabras in the north, Santana in the east and Sete Pedras and Rolas to the south. The equator passes through the center of the Rolas islet. The highest point, Pico de Sao Tomé, is 2024 meters above sea level. The island of Principe, with a total area of ​​139 square kilometers, lies 220 km west of the island. continental Africa. Pr[ncipe Island is associated with six main satellite islets: Pedra da Galé, Mosteiros and Born-Born to the north, Caroço to the southeast, and Tinhosa Grande and Tinhosa Pequena which lie about 20 km to the south. The highest point, Pico do Principe, is 942 meters above sea level. In 2006, Parque Natural "Obô" de Sao Tomé and Parque Natural "Obô" de Principe were created, with areas of 19,500 ha and 8,500 ha on the respective islands (a total area of ​​approximately one-third of the country) to protect their representative forest, coastal and marine ecosystems. The “Obô” Natural Park of Sao Tomé and Principe is the nominated property of the State Party of Sao Tomé and Principe."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Pico Cão Grande (Great Dog Peak) of Obo National Park is a landmark needle shaped volcanic plug in the south of Sao Tome island. Thanks to Uli of Austria who visited Sao Tome and Principe.

Singapore - The Padang Civic Ensemble

"The Padang (Malay for ‘field’) is a multi-use open green space set at the heart of the historic Singapore settlement that combines the features and functions of a playing field, ceremonial parade ground, and tropical civic square. As one of the oldest open spaces in Singapore, the Padang is a seemingly nondescript yet dynamic green that has evolved organically and accrued diverse functions since its formation in the early 1820s. Shortly after the establishment of a British trading post in Singapore in 1819, the Padang originated as a military parade ground within the larger cantonment which served as the settlement’s military and governing centre. It also served as a defensive esplanade and provided a clear field of fire to defend the fledgling British settlement against foreign naval invasions and internal uprisings. Once the military threat subsided, the site soon gained new and overlapping functions –developing over time into a playing field for British sports like cricket, the town’s municipal and civic centre, and a commemorative venue for pageantries, royal celebrations and Singapore’s independence day parade. Continuously activated over two centuries, the Padang has been a mainstay in Singapore’s urban and social fabric since the colonial era till present.

The Padang is the focal point of a British colonial civic square which was developed by the former colonial administration as its municipal headquarters, and subsequently appropriated by the post-independence government. Sharing the evolutionary trajectory of similar open spaces and civic squares found in former British settlements, the property bears testament to the widespread phenomenon of decolonisation and the globally significant transition of long-held British territories to newly independent nations in the decades following World War II.

With the Padang as its centrepiece, the property comprises the Former City Hall and Former Supreme Court buildings (currently the National Gallery Singapore), Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Old Parliament House (currently the Arts House), Former Town Hall and Victoria Memorial Hall (currently Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall respectively), and the Former Empress Place building (currently the Asian Civilisations Museum) which all date to the period of British colonial rule in Singapore (1819–1963). This cluster of Neoclassical buildings juxtapose against the adjacent New Parliament and New Supreme Court buildings which were constructed during the post-independence era (1965–present). Two sporting clubs, the Singapore Recreation Club and the Singapore Cricket Club occupy the Padang’s north and south ends respectively, and contribute to the site’s long-running recreational character. The Padang Civic Ensemble collectively represents the administrative, legislative, social, recreational, religious and cultural functions that served colonial and post-colonial society in Singapore."

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List

Postcard 1
Aerial view of Padang, Singapore. Bought this postcard in Singapore and cancelled it at Changi Airport, Singapore.

Postcard 2
Aerial view of Padang and adjacent British Colonial Buildings. Bought this postcard in Singapore and cancelled the stamp at Singapore Changi Airport Post Office.

Postcard 3 
Saint Andrew Catheral - Aerial View.  Bought this postcard inside the Cathedral. 

Postcard 4 
Saint Andrew Catheral - Interior View. Bought this postcard inside the cathedral.

Austria - Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest)

"An impressive landscape on the north side of the Alps, the Bregenzerwald has largely maintained its traditional farming structure including the specific types of farmstead buildings. In the long-stretched linear or nucleated villages many of the characteristic Bregenzerwald farmsteads of the 18th and 19th centuries have been conserved. They reflect in their shapes and styles the economic history of the country, the regional agricultural conditions, but also the early onset of industrial development in Vorarlberg which is embodied in the rural architecture of the time. Many small textile processing workshops in the farming milieu are a testimony to this development. A number of villages, such as Thal, Schwarzenberg, or Schoppernau, still have some fine examples of original "Walderhauser" (Forest Houses) to illustrate this largest and most uniform housing landscape of Vorarlberg. The wooden buildings covered by characteristic shingle roofing determine the appearance of the cultural landscape, and their various types and shapes document the economic and cultural development of the region."

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List

Bregenzerwald (Bregen Forest), Austria is a UNESCO World Herittage Tentative List. Nice stamp used which is the third Covid-19 stamp issued by Austria. It represent a plaster with "TUT GAR NICHT WEH" (DOESN'T HURT AT ALL) to encourage Covid 19 vaccination. Thanks so much to Uli of Austria. Received on July 15, 2022.

Thailand - The Andaman Sea Nature Reserves of Thailand

"The nominated property that make up the Andaman Bioregion of Thailand are 6 national parks, Ranong Biosphere Reserve and mangrove conservation areas; 1) the Mangroves and Inshore Islands, 2) the Offshore Islands and 3) the Beaches and Coastal Gallery Forests.These ecoregions each display geological, characteristic, faunal and floral features that contribute to the overall narrative of Andaman biogeography; together, they combine to create a unique synergy of unparalleled beauty and natural history."

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Mu Ko Surin
Spider crab at Mu Koh Surin Marine Park, Phang Nga.

Postcard 2A - Mu Ko Similan
Mu Ko Similan National Park is a marine park in Phang Nga Province, on the west side of Southern Thailand facing the Andaman Sea. I bought these postcards in Thailand in February 2011.

Postcard 2B - Mu Ko Similan

China - Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou

"Slender West Lake, formerly Baozhang Lake, is located in the northwest of Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, covering an area of two square kilometers. In the mid-18th century, the moats and a large number of suburban villas of salt traders along the moats built in different locations and in different historical period (Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties) were connected elaborately and delicately to welcome the south inspection of Emperor Qianlong, thus forming a beautiful belt of the lake with garden scenery combining natural and human landscapes characterized by the most famous 24 scenes of "rolling stone archway, winding water in west park, spring pillow on the long bank, bright cloud in white pagoda" etc....

The historic urban area in Yangzhou refers to the Yangzhou City built on the basis of Luocheng City of the Tang Dynasty and Dacheng City of the Song Dynasty in the Ming and Qing dynasties covering an area of 5.09 square kilometers which made great contributions to the economic, political and cultural development of Chinese feudal society and had a significant impact on world culture. Relying on its highly developed salt economy, Yangzhou still kept strong vitality and had a great influence in the Ming and Qing dynasties..." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Received a nice registered postcard of famous lake view of Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China with special Covid-19 themed pictorial postage printed label used. There is even a Braille embossment. Thanks to Li of Yangzhou, China. Postmarked Yangzhou November 7, 2021 and arrived on December 14, 2021.

Postcard 2
View of Slender West Lake - a find day after sonow in early spring of Twenty four Bridge Scenic Zone. Thanks to Wang of Jiangsu, China who visited here.

Montenegro - Cetinje Historic Core

"Cetinje Royal Capital covers the area of 910 km2, which equals 6.6% of the total area of the State of Montenegro. It is situated in between Boka Kotorska Bay to the West, Budva's Riviera to the South, Skadar Lake basin and Zeta-Bjelopavlići plain to the East, Nikšić plain and Bijele Rudine to the North. It borders seven municipalities (Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Podgorica, Danilovgrad and Nikšić). Generally speaking, Cetinje region can be divided into three larger, spatially independent areas: 'Katunska površ' or 'Katunski krš', Mount Lovćen range and its continental piedmont area and Skadar Lake basin's Western ridge."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Maousolem of Petar II Petrovic Njegos on top of Mount Lovcen, Montenegro. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for mailing from Cetinje, Montenegro postmarked September 6, 2021 and arrived in Penang island on September 28, 2021.

Iran - Serial Nomination of Tehrans' Modern Architectural Heritage

"Development in the historical structure of the Iranian architecture has begun from the second half of the 19th century and contemporaneous with establishment of Dar al-Fonun College which was the first training center for new sciences in Iran since 1851. At the outset of this development, there was a tendency toward the European architecture and employment of some elements of the Neo-classicism. But the early decades of the 20th century and contemporaneous with the end of the Qajarid dynasty and beginning of the Pahlavids, modernization was precipitated. Along with the elites’ and individuals’ interests, new centralist and bureaucratic government made this choice of development. The very crystal clear instances of such development are urban changes and architectural properties for example contemporaneous establishment of a large number of public buildings such as schools, universities, industrial factories, state buildings and ministries. In this way, a number of architects who were familiar with architectural changes of the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe found job opportunities. This group of architects consisted of a number of Iranian and several foreign architects who were the pioneers of such changes. Finally, in 1940, they established the first architecture college in Iran.....

Late Modern Style
There exist a number of experiences within the Modern style that tried to include some elements of vernacular culture such as Azadi Tower, Imam Sadegh University and the headquarters of the Iranian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts. In this style, the architects tried to give some kind of local identity to the Modern architecture that was employed in Iran..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A nice postcard of Azadi Tower in Azadi Square, Teheran, Iran. Nice stamps too. Thanks to Ingrid.

Honduras - Mining Towns of Central and Southern Honduras: Santa Lucía, Cedros, Ojojona-Guazucarán, San Antonio de Oriente, Tegucigalpa, Yuscarán, El Corpus

 Santa Lucía: (Postcard collected)

Tegucigalpa: (Postcard collected)

Cedros:  Ojojona-Guazucarán: San Antonio de Oriente: Yuscarán: El Corpus: 

"The proposed series is located in the Honduran departments of Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso and Choluteca, most of which have an average altitude of 1000 m a.s.l. and a temperate climate. This is a region through which the mountain ranges of Lepaterique, Misoco and Dipilto cross, and also features coastal areas to the south of the region next to the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, it has a combination of flat and mountainous terrain, with a predominant vegetation of pine trees and, to a lesser extent, oak and cedar trees. Its soils are of volcanic origin rich in minerals. These deposits were located in metamorphic, Paleozoic and Cretaceous sedimentary rocks, which constitute the rugged interior plateau that surrounds Tegucigalpa and Comayagua1."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Santa Lucia
A picturesque postcard of Santa Lucia, near Tegucigalpa of Honduras. Thanks to Meruw of Honduras.

Postcard 2 - Tegucigalpa
Villa Roy, National Museum of Anthropology and History, Tegucigalpa. Thanks so much Ismael for your beautiful postcard of your country.

Bangladesh - Jaggadala Vihara

"An extensive mound, 105 metres long by 85 metres, which represents the archaeological remains of a Buddhist monastery associated with the existing World Heritage Site of Paharpur, to which is proposed to be added as an additional Monument Zone as part of a serial nomination. Finds have included terracotta plaques, ornamental bricks, nails, a gold ingot and three stone images of deities."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Jagoddal Bihara, Naogaon 1082-1124 AD, Bangladesh. Thanks to Foysal of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 4 beautiful stamps used. Mailed in May 2021 and arrived in Penang Island on July 5, 2021.

Albania - The Ancient City of Apollonia

"The ancient city of Apollonia is situated in southwestern Albania, about 13 miles from the city of Fier. The fascinating landscape of the archeological park, which has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition, comprises a successful combination between the beauty of monuments and nature, attractive through its long history, in an atmosphere of relaxation and meditation. Its foundation took place immediately after the foundation of Epidamnus – Dyrrachium and quickly became one of the most eminent cities of the Adriatic basin, which was mentioned more frequently from the other 30 (thirty) cities bearing the same name during Antiquity. The city lay in the territory of the political communion of the Taulantii and was broadly known as Apollonia of Illyria. According to the tradition it was founded during the first half of the 6th century BC by Greek colonist from Corfu and Corinth, led by Gylax, which named the city after his name (Gylakeia). After its quick establishment the city changed its name to Apollonia, according to the powerful divinity Apollo. It stands on a hilly plateau from where expands the fertile plain of Musacchia with the Adriatic Sea and the hills of Mallakastra. The ruins of Apollonia are discovered in the beginning of the 19th century."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

The amphitheatre of Apolonia, Albania. Thanks to Ron of Sweden who was visiting Albania. Postmarked June 8, 2021 and arrived in Penang island on July 1, 2021.

Bangladesh - The Lalmai-Mainamati Group of monuments

"Some fifty archaeological sites have been identified on an area of elevated land 18km long and 4,5km wide, representing a major religious and political centre without parallel in the sub -continent. It appears to have been the religious centre from which Buddhism was spread to South East Asia."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Shalbon Bihara in Comilla of 7th Century AD is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List of Lalmai-Mainamati Buddhist monuments. Thanks to Foysal of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Postmarked June 2021 and arrived in Penang island on June 29, 2021.

Rwanda - Nyungwe National Park

"The Nyungwe natural forest, which became Nyungwe National Park in 2005 by law Nº 22/2005 of 21/11/2005, is a forest area located in the southwest of Rwanda, precisely in five districts: Nyaruguru and Nyamagabe of the Province from South ; Rusizi, Nyamasheke and Karongi from Western Province. The Nyungwe National Park is a set of three components of natural properties which covers an area of ​​1,019 km2, with a buffer zone of 10,085.22 ha comprising: (i) the Nyungwe natural forest which covers the hills and mountains of southwest Rwanda is known as the largest island of mountain forest in East and Central Africa; (ii) the natural forest of Cyamudongo and (iii) a small natural forest of Gisakura. It is also a paradise for primates that cannot be found elsewhere in the world, including colobus monkeys as well as chimpanzees that we grow in number."

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List

Postcard 1
Nyungwe Forest has more than 200 species of trees and the forest floor is characterized by moss and fungi growths. Mailed on February 16, 2013 and arrived in Penang island on March 20, 2013. Thanks to Sionnan of Canada who visited Rwanda.

Postcard 2
Waterfalls at Nyungwe National Park of Rwanda - the largest montane forest and home of chimpanzees. Thanks to Michael of South Africa who visiting Rwanda.