India - Sun Temple, Konârak

"On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Wheel of Sun Temple, Konarak, India. Thanks to Prashanth of India.

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The Sun temple of Konarak, Orissa built in the form of a chariot which the Sun rides through the sky daily. Thanks to Claus.

Canada - Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

"The contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, as well as the Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found there." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Canada Rocky Mountain Parks - Canada Post prepaid postcard. Thanks to Jason of Canada.

Postcard 2 - Jasper
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield is a frozen river or ice in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Thanks to Grace of Alberta, Canada.

Postcard 3 - Jasper
Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Thanks to Katrina of Canada.

Postcard 4 - Banff
Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta. Written on January 9, 2011 and arrived in Penang on February 9, 2011. Year of Rabbit stamp used. Thankst ot Brenda of Canada.

Postcard 5 - Mount Robson
Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies, Canada with Rooster stamp. Thanks to Carol of Western Canada.

United Kingdom - Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

"Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Old Town - Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle from Princes St Gardens, Scotland. Thanks to Ruth of USA who was visiting the castle.

Postcard 2 - New Town - Princes Street
Night view of the Princes Street of New Town, Edinburgh. Written June 29, 2011 and arrived in Penang on July 8, 2011. Thanks to Sonya of Scotland, UK.

Postcard 3 - Old Town - Grassmarket
Grassmarket in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nice "puzzle" shaped stamp of Darwin theme. Thanks to Cliffe of Luxembourg who was visiting Scotland.

Postcard 4 - Old Town - Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Thanks to David of England.

Postcard 5 - Old Town - Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Military Tattoo held annually at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Thanks to HC who was visiting Scotland.

Postcard 6 - Old Town - Edinburgh - Athens of the North
Edinburgh Castle from Dugald Stewart Monument, Calton Hill. Thanks to Nick of Scotland, United Kingdom.

China - West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

"West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides - this inscribed landscape has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. These additions have been made to improve the landscape west of the city of Hangzhou to the south of the Yangtze river. The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature..." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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A famous poetic view of Hangzhou West Lake with carp swimming in the waters. Nice flower stamps used. Thanks to Cheer of China.

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The West Lake of Hangzhou is famous in Chinese literature and must-visit destination. I have been there and was amazed by the beauty and tranquility of the Xihu (West Lake) as described by famous Chinese poets in the past and present. Thanks to Candy Bao for sending this nice card from Hangzhou.

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Sunset at Hangzhou West Lake. Nice signed postcrossing meet up postcard. Thanks to aeronest of China.

China - Tusi Sites

"Located in the mountainous areas of south-west China, this property encompasses remains of several tribal domains whose chiefs were appointed by the central government as ‘Tusi’, hereditary rulers from the 13th to the early 20thcentury. The Tusi system arose from the ethnic minorities’ dynastic systems of government dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Its purpose was to unify national administration, while allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life. The sites of Laosicheng, Tangya and Hailongtun Fortress that make up the site bear exceptional testimony to this form of governance, which derived from the Chinese civilization of the Yuan and Ming periods."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Tangya Tusi
Tanya Tusi is one of three Tusi sites. Thanks to Fei of China.

Postcard 2 - Laosicheng Tusi
Laosicheng is one of the 3 Tusi sites which are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2015. Thanks to Danise of China.

Postcard 3 - Hailongtun Fortress Tusi
Hailongtun Fortress is one of 3 Tusi sites of China inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to Danise of China.

India - Taj Mahal

"An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Taj Mahal is rated one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A marble beauty which is a Masoleum by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz.

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View of Taj Mahal for Youmauna river side. Thanks to Maha who sent from Agra. Painted stork stamps used. Postcard was written on Oct 27, 2009 and arrived in Penang on Nov 6, 2009.

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A wonderful cards sent by John M from India.

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Thanks to Victor of Singapore who visited Taj Mahal for sending this beautiful card from India.

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Multi-view of Taj Mahal. Visited this wonder of the world in November 2016 and mailed this postcard with a matching stamp in Agra, India.

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Reflection of Taj Mahal. I bought this postcard and mailed it from India.

South Korea - Namhansanseong

"Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joson Dynasty (1392-1910) , in a mountainous site 25 kilometres south-east of Seoul. Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. Its earliest remains date from the 7th century, but it was rebuilt several times, notably in the early 17th century in anticipation of an attack from the Sino-Manchu Qing dynasty. The city embodies a synthesis of the defensive military engineering concepts of the period, based on Chinese and Japanese influences, and changes in the art of fortification following the introduction from the West of weapons using gunpowder. A city that has always been inhabited, and which was the provincial capital over a long period, it contains evidence of a variety of military, civil and religious and has become a symbol of Korean sovereignty."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Walls of Namhansanseong with a matching stamp on the postcard. Thanks to Sooeun of South Korea.