Australia - Heard and McDonald Islands

"Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth. As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they ‘open a window into the earth’, thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Maxicard of Kerguelen Cabbage and lichen, Heard Island. Thanks to Cindy of Australia.

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Maxicard of Baudissin Glacier edge, Heard Island. Thanks to Azzi of Australia.

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Maxicard of Southern Elephant Seals, Heard Island. Thanks to Azzi of Australia.

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Postcard received showing Mt. Olsen (left) and Anzac Peak of the Laurens Peninsula of Heard Island.

China - Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

"Consisting of eight geographical clusters of protected areas within the boundaries of the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, in the mountainous north-west of Yunnan Province, the 1.7 million hectare site features sections of the upper reaches of three of the great rivers of Asia: the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong and Salween run roughly parallel, north to south, through steep gorges which, in places, are 3,000 m deep and are bordered by glaciated peaks more than 6,000 m high. The site is an epicentre of Chinese biodiversity. It is also one of the richest temperate regions of the world in terms of biodiversity." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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The endemic black snubbed nose monkeys or golden monkeys found along the temperate forests of this Yunnan region. Nice stamps including Year of Tiger stamp and Beijing Olympics stamp. Thanks to Huang of China.

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From my postcard set of World Heritages in China - Three Parallel Rivers of Nujiang, Lancang and Jinsha.

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Maxicard of Yangtze River. Thanks to Aeronest of China.

South Korea - Changdeokgung Palace Complex

"In the early 15th century, the Emperor T'aejong ordered the construction of a new palace at an auspicious site. A Bureau of Palace Construction was set up to create the complex, consisting of a number of official and residential buildings set in a garden that was cleverly adapted to the uneven topography of the 58-ha site. The result is an exceptional example of Far Eastern palace architecture and design, blending harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Changdeokgung Palace Huwan Garden. A nice surprise postcard sent from Seoul on December 22, 2010 and arrived in Penang on January 5, 2011. Thanks to Sumie of Japan who was visiting Seoul. Temperature on December 21 was 5 deg C.

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Injeong, Throne Hall in Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul. Thanks to Joy who has just visited this Palace.

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Aerial view of Chandeokgung Palace Complex of Seoul in South Korea. Thanks to Claus.

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Autumn view of Changdeokgung garden. Thanks to Hayeon of Seoul, South Korea.

Germany - Hanseatic City of Lübeck

"Lübeck – the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League – was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 The Brick Gate of Holsentor to the Hanseatic medieval town of Lubeck. Thanks so much Claus of Germany for this beautiful UNESCO WHS card and nice stamps used.

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Multi-view of Lubeck. Thanks Uwe of Germany.

Italy - Val d'Orcia

"The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers: an agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land-management systems; towns and villages; farmhouses; and the Roman Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges, etc." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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View of Il Belvedere, Val d'Orcia, Siena in Toscana, Italia. Thanks to Riccardo of Italy.

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Val d'Orcia, Toscana, Italia. Thanks to Ferro of Belgium for mailing from Tuscany, Italy.

Belgium - Flemish Béguinages

"The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages, enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Beguinags locations are:
- Antwerp
- Bruges
- Dendermonde
- Diest- Ghent (3: Old Saint-Elisabeth, New Saint-Elisabeth in Sint-Amandsberg and Our-Lady Ter Hooyen)
- Hasselt
- Hoogstraten
- Lier
- Leuven (2: Large and Small)
- Mechelen (2: Large and Small)
- Kortrijk
- Sint-Truiden
- Turnhout
- Tongeren

Postcard 1 - Beijnhor Diest
Beguinage of Diest is one of the oldest - founded in the 13th century. Thanks to Gerda of Belgium.

Postcard 2 - Beguinage of Dendermonde A UNESCO Multiview of Dendermonde showing Beguinage. Thanks to An of Dendermonde, Belgium.

Postcard 3A - Beguinage of Bruges These medieval architecture buildings are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nice stamps including Beijing Olympics Games 2008 stamp. Thanks to Gilles of Ghent, Belgium for this card

Postcard 3B - Beguinage of Brugge
Another similar view of Beguinage of Brugge. Thanks to Ferro of Belgium with signatures of a postcrossing meet-up in Brugge.

South Korea - Baekje Historic Areas

"Located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Republic of Korea, this property comprises eight archaeological sites dating from 475 to 660 CE, including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the capital, Ungjin (present day Gongju), the Busosanseong Fortress and Gwanbuk-ri administrative buildings, and the Naseong city wall related to the capital, Sabi (now Buyeo), the royal palace at Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa Temple in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital. Together, these sites represent the later period of the Baekje Kingdom – one of the three earliest kingdoms on the Korean peninsula (18 BCE to 660 CE) - during which time they were at the crossroads of considerable technological, religious (Buddhist), cultural and artistic exchanges between the ancient East Asian kingdoms in Korea, China and Japan."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Baekje 25th King Muryeong - stone inscription epitaph - national treasure no.6. Thanks to Marian of Italy who visited Gongju, South Korea and bought and mailed this postcard.

South Korea - Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

"Founded in the 14th-15th centuries, Hahoe and Yangdong are seen as the two most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea. Their layout and location - sheltered by forested mountains and facing out onto a river and open agricultural fields – reflect the distinctive aristocratic Confucian culture of the early part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The villages were located to provide both physical and spiritual nourishment from their surrounding landscapes. They include residences of the head families, together with substantial timber framed houses of other clan members, also pavilions, study halls, Confucian academies for learning, and clusters of one story mud-walled, thatched-roofed houses, formerly for commoners. The landscapes of mountains, trees and water around the village, framed in views from pavilions and retreats, were celebrated for their beauty by 17th and 18th century poets." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - Hahoe
Hyangsa Rite in Byeongsan Seowon - a Confucian academy in traditional cultural villlage of Hahoe. Thanks to Ching-Ru of Taiwan who visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Postcard 1B - Hahoe
Aerial view of historic village of Hahoe. Thanks to Robert of South Korea.

Posctard 2 - Yangdong
Black and white winter view of Yangdong village. Thanks to Marina of Italy who visited Yangdong, South Korea and mailed this postcard.

Lebanon - Tyre

"According to legend, purple dye was invented in Tyre. This great Phoenician city ruled the seas and founded prosperous colonies such as Cadiz and Carthage, but its historical role declined at the end of the Crusades. There are important archaeological remains, mainly from Roman times."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Tyr is a UNESCO World Heritage in Lebanon. Thanks to Stacy for mailing from Lebanon.

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Triumphal Arch of Tyre, Lebanon. Postcard bought in Lebanon. Thanks to Violeta of Romania.

Czech Republic - Historic Centre of Prague

"Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague. I visited this amazing cathedral and cancelled this postcard in the post office located opposite the cathedral during my visit in May, 2015.

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I really like this picturesque postcard of Praque (Praha), the capital of Czech Republic (Ceska Republika). I used to collect many Czechoslavakia stamps. Now these are two independent countries - Czech Republic and Slovakia. Thanks very much to Adela for sending this nice card.

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Prague has become a major tourist destination. Nice multiview postcard - thanks to Mark of Malta.

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Old Town Square of Praha with Tyn Church. Thanks to Vladimir of Praque.

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Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Thanks to Ing of New Zealand. Sent in May, 2016.

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Old Town Square of Prague. Thanks to Eliska of Prague, Czech Republic.

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I walked on Charles Bridge a few times when I visited Prague. Thanks to Mila for mailing this postcard from Czechia in 2017.