Historic North Korea city wins World Heritage status
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Royal tombs, fortress walls and a 700-year-old school in North Korea's medieval city of Kaesong were among a dozen monuments granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at its annual meet on Sunday.
Twelve sites in the city, the heart of the Koryo dynasty which unified the Korean peninsula for the first time, were classified on the grounds of embodying "the political, cultural, philosophical and spiritual values" of the kingdom, UNESCO said.
The Kaesong monuments - including sections of defensive walls - have survived repeated assaults on the city, which served as the seat of the Koryo kings who ruled from 918-1392.
They are located several kilometres from an industrial park jointly run by the divided North and South which has been closed since April after a tensions between the bitter enemies reached boiling point.