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Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu is a World Heritage Site preserving the remains of an ancient kingdom that appeared from the 12th to the 17th century. The monuments are located in nine sites in the Okinawa Prefecture. The sites include two graves, known as utaki, a mausoleum, called Tamaudun, a garden, and five castle sites, called gusuku. Together, they are the best representation of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.


Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture
Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture
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Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairns, Australia, on 27 November - 2 December, 2000.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 26 12 31 E 127 40 58
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, VI

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