Italy - Mount Etna

"Mount Etna (Italy) is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1
Wow... what an amazing postcard of the hot lava of Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. Thanks to Michael for sending this card. "Grazie"






Postcard 2
Mount Etna rising above the clouds. Thanks to Marion of Italy who visited Mount Etna.


Italy - Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

"The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena. Studied since at least the 18th century, the islands have provided the science of vulcanology with examples of two types of eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and thus have featured prominently in the education of geologists for more than 200 years. The site continues to enrich the field of vulcanology." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Stromboli
Stromboli island is the location on an active volcano in Aelion Islands group in Sicily, Italy. Thanks to Jessica of Sicily, Italy - grazie.





Postcard 2 - Lipari
Lipari - Costa di Ponente, Isole Eolie - Sicily. Part of the Aeolian Islands. Nice stamp of Pavarotti. Thanks to Marianna.





Postcard 3 - Panarea
Panarea island of Sicily, Italy. Thanks to Marion of Italy.







Postcard 4 - Vulcano

Vulcano island where the word volcano comes from. Thanks to Marion for mailing this postcard from Sicily.


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

Wanted: I am looking for a postcard of traditional village of Yangdon. If you can help, please contact me - thank you - kamsa hamnida.

Postcard 1 - 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 2 - Hahoe
Aerial view of historic village of Hahoe. Thanks to Robert of South Korea.

Spain - Antequera Dolmens Site (2016 Inscribed)

"Located at the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain, the site comprises three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tolos of El Romeral, and two natural monuments: the Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal mountainous formations, which are landmarks within the property. Built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age out of large stone blocks, these monuments form chambers with lintelled roofs or false cupolas. These three tombs buried beneath their original earth tumuli, are one of the most remarkable architectural works of European prehistory and one of the most important examples of European Megalithism."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Dolmenes de Antequera, Malaga, Spain. Thanks to Sixto of Spain.

Thailand - Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

"The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex spans 230 km between Ta Phraya National Park on the Cambodian border in the east, and Khao Yai National Park in the west. The site is home to more than 800 species of fauna, including 112 mammal species (among them two species of gibbon), 392 bird species and 200 reptile and amphibian species. It is internationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species, among them 19 that are vulnerable, four that are endangered, and one that is critically endangered. The area contains substantial and important tropical forest ecosystems, which can provide a viable habitat for the long-term survival of these species.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

I visited Bangkok, Thailand and bought postcards of Khao Yai National Park. Then, in August 2016, I visited Khao Yai National Park and bought more different postcards of Khao Yai.

Postcard 1 - Khao Yai National Park (590-001, 2005)





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Postcard 5
Deers are commonly seen at Khao Yai National Park, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand is the first Thai National Park. Thanks to Apichati of Thailand. Khorb khun khrab.






Postcard 6
Heo Narok Waterfall, Khao Yai National Park. Bought at Thai Post with prepaid printed matching stamp.





Postcard 7
I visited Khao Yai National Park in August 2016 and cancelled these postcards at the Visitor Center. Nearest post office was in Pak Chong.




Postcard 8
Khao Yai National Park - Visitor Center.




Postcard 9
I gave this postcard to the staff of the resort hotel that I was staying near Khao Yai National Park to mail on August 15, 2016. Noticed that it was cancelled only on April 4, 2017 - may be the staff forget. It arrived in mailbox in Penang island on April 13, 2017 - which almost 8 months that I have written the postcard. It got Pak Chong post office cancellation, the gateway town with a train station outside of the national park. At least the postcard finally arrived.




Postcard 10
Khao Yai National Park - Haeo Suwat Falls made famous by the movie, "The Beach".


Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016 Inscribed)

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

INDIA:
1) Complexe du Capitole 

JAPAN:
2) Musée National des Beaux-Arts de l’Occident 

BELGIUM:
3) Maison Guiete 

GERMANY:
4) Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung 

FRANCE:
5) Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp
6) Unité d’habitation Marseille
7) Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret (wanted)
8) Cité Frugès (wanted)
9) Villa Savoye et loge du jardiner (wanted)
10) Immeuble locatif à la Porte Molitor (wanted)
11) La Manufacture à Saint- Dié (wanted)
12) Cabanon de Le Corbusier (wanted)
13) Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette (wanted)
14) Maison de la Culture de Firminy (wanted)

SWITZERLAND:
15) Petite villa au bord du lac Léman (wanted)
16) Immeuble Clarté (wanted)

ARGENTINA:
17) Maison du docteur Curutchet (wanted)

Wanted: Hopefully, I can collect postcard of all 17 sites. Todate, I have collected postcards from 5 out of 7 countries and 6 out of the 17 sites.


Postcard 1A - India 
Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India. Thanks to Pulkit of India.





Postcard 1B - India
The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India designed by Le Corbusier. Thanks to Prasanth of India.



Postcard 2 - Japan
I visited this museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo to view the Vatican collection exhibit of Early Rennaisance Italian Art. The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo is designed by Le Corbusier. Thanks to Aki of Japan.





Postcard 3 - Belgium
Maison Guiette, Belgium. Thanks to Hanko of Germany who took this photograph and printed this postcard.


Postcard 4 - Germany Left bottom of multi-view postcard showing Maisons de la Weiseenhof-Siedlung of Stuttgart. Thanks to Liane of Germany.


Postcard 5A - France
Postcard bought in Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Thanks to Sylvie of France.






Postcard 5B - France
Chapelle de Ronchamp, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.





Postcard 5C - France
Unite d'Habitation, Marseille, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.