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Intro to George Town World Heritage Site


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Intro to George Town World Heritage Site

  1. 1. Melaka and George Town ‘Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca’ UNESCO World Heritage Site This is an educational and non-commercial slide. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the written permission of the producers. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is correct at the time of publication, the producers shall not be held liable for any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or accidents which may occur. Academic sharing encouraged, please acknowledge Arts-ED and CHAT in full. New or updated research is welcome. For more about Penang Shophouse, see
  2. 2. What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS)? - A World Heritage Site is a place or environment of “great significance” or meaning to mankind. - It may be a living urban city or a rural settlement, a natural landscape such as an underground cave, forest or ocean, an archaeological site such as a buried goldmine or a geological phenomenon .
  3. 3. CORE Zone 109.38 ha 2,344 he ritage buildings BUFFER Zone 150.04 ha 2,321 he ritage buildings George Town World Heritage Site Total 259.42 hectares Approx. 4,665 heritage buildings Map source: Goh. Hun Meng
  4. 4. Types of UNESCO WHS Inscriptions MIXED PROPERTY (cultural and natural) Natural Site Cultural Site Mixed Site Melaka & George Town Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak (cultural + natural) Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area -A natural sites with outstanding geological and physical formations -A site which is the unique habitat of plants, animals and ecosystems of value to mankind and the universe. -An outstanding example of a traditional man-made settlement (on land or sea). -Representative of a cultural (or cultures) resulting from human interaction with the environment. NATURAL PROPERTY © Alan Cressler CULTURAL PROPERTY © Rashdan Othman © UNESCO - An outstanding example of a site with a combination of natural assets and man-made cultural assets © Bernt Rostad
  5. 5. ‘Outstanding Universal Values (OUVs) of Melaka & George Town “Outstanding Universal Value” may be defined as the historic, social, scientific, aesthetic or spiritual value of a place to mankind and the universe.
  6. 6. OOUUVV 11. Exceptional examples of multicultural trading towns forged from mercantile and civilization exchanges. Source: Criteria “Operational Guidelines” for submission of nomination dossier
  7. 7. OOUUVV 22. Living testimony to multicultural heritage and tradition of Asia where the greatest religions and cultures met. Source: Criteria “Operational Guidelines” for submission of nomination dossier
  8. 8. OOUUVV 33. The coming together of cultural elements to create a unique architecture and townscape in East and Southeast Asia. Source: Criteria “Operational Guidelines” for submission of nomination dossier
  9. 9. Today, George Town has grown into a unique port city where the old and the new co-exist harmoniously. © Tan Yeow Wooi
  10. 10. Researched and produced by: Community-based Arts & Culture Education Programme Copyright © 2009-2014 No part of this presentation can be reproduced without permission from Arts-ED Email: I Website: