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 Thailand and found many postcards of Khao Yai National Park.

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

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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.

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

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

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Khao Yai National Park - Visitor Center.

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

Thailand - Historic City of Ayutthaya

"Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

I went on a day tour to Ayutthaya - on bus from Bangkok and back by river boat. The Park Site includes Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Lokayasutha, Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bopit, Wat Lokayasutha, Wat Yai Chai Mongkon, Phra Chedi Suriyothai, Wat Phanan Choeng, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya historical Study Centre, Japanese Settlement, Wat Phu Khao Thong, Elephant Camp

Postcard 1 - Wat Mahathat - Historical City of Ayutthaya (576, 1991)

Postcard 2 - Wat Phra Si San Pet

Postcard 3 - Wat Yai Chai Mongkok
Bottom left is Wat Yai Chai Mongkok; Bottom right is Buddha Image at Wat Yai Chai Mongkok

Postcard 4 - Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located on thewest bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. I received this blank postcard that was printed in Australia. I stamped and cancelled it in Southern Thailand.

Postcard 5 - Wat Lokayasutha
Reclining Buddha of Wat Lokayasutha, Ayutthaya, Thailand. I have visited Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before. But on a train from Bangkok to Pak Chong, I met a US traveller who was on a day trip to Ayutthaya to mail this postcard to my address. I received it but unfortunately, there was no cancellation on the postcard, hahaha.

Czech Republic - Litomyšl Castle

"Litomyšl Castle was originally a Renaissance arcade-castle of the type first developed in Italy and then adopted and greatly developed in central Europe in the 16th century. Its design and decoration are particularly fine, including the later High-Baroque features added in the 18th century. It preserves intact the range of ancillary buildings associated with an aristocratic residence of this type." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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An extra long postcard of multi-view of Litomysl Castle. Thanks to Marketa of Czech Republic.

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The Limotysl Chateau was listed as UNESCO building in 1999. Nice stamps including matching stamp of Limotysl Unesco issue. Thanks to "Marketa".

China - Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (2016 Inscribed)

"Located on the steep cliffs in the border regions of southwest China, these 38 sites of rock art illustrate the life and rituals of the Luoyue people. They date from the period around the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE. In a surrounding landscape of karst, rivers and plateaux, they depict ceremonies which have been interpreted as portraying the bronze drum culture once prevalent across southern China. This cultural landscape is the only remains of this culture today."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art - thanks to Chen of China.

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A new UNESCO World Heritage inscribed in 2016. I bought this postcard in Shanghai, November 2011.

Brazil - Pampulha Modern Ensemble (2016 Inscribed)

"The Pampulha Modern Ensemble was the centre of a visionary garden city project created in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. Designed around an artificial lake, this cultural and leisure centre included a casino, a ballroom, the Golf Yacht Club and the São Francisco de Assis church. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in collaboration with innovative artists. The Ensemble comprises bold forms that exploit the plastic potential of concrete, while fusing architecture, landscape design, sculpture and painting into a harmonious whole. It reflects the influence of local traditions, the Brazilian climate and natural surroundings on the principles of modern architecture."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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St Francis of Assisi Church, Pampulha framed by the Lagoon and Burle Marx's gardens. Thanks to Daniel from Brazil.

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Casa do Baile is created to be a restaurant and dance floor. Niemeyer is famouse for use of curves and abstract forms in architecture. Thanks to Maira of Brazil.

Qatar - Al Zubarah Archaeological Site

"The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Gulf flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19thcenturies, before it was destroyed in 1811 and abandoned in the early 1900s. Founded by merchants from Kuwait, Al Zubarah had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia. A layer of sand blown from the desert has protected the remains of the site’s palaces, mosques, streets, courtyard houses, and fishermen’s huts; its harbour and double defensive walls, a canal, walls, and cemeteries. Excavation has only taken place over a small part of the site, which offers an outstanding testimony to an urban trading and pearl-diving tradition which sustained the region’s major coastal towns and led to the development of small independent states that flourished outside the control of the Ottoman, European, and Persian empires and eventually led to the emergence of modern day Gulf States."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Zubara Fort. Thanks to Ashraf of Qatar.

Cuba - Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba

"The remains of the 19th-century coffee plantations in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra are unique evidence of a pioneer form of agriculture in a difficult terrain. They throw considerable light on the economic, social, and technological history of the Caribbean and Latin American region." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

La Isabelica - ruins of old French-owned coffee plantations in Santiago de Cuba. Thanks to Uli of Austria for mailing from this location in Santiago, Cuba.

Iran - Bisotun

"Bisotun is located along the ancient trade route linking the Iranian high plateau with Mesopotamia and features remains from the prehistoric times to the Median, Achaemenid, Sassanian, and Ilkhanid periods. The principal monument of this archaeological site is the bas-relief and cuneiform inscription ordered by Darius I, The Great, when he rose to the throne of the Persian Empire, 521 BC. The bas-relief portrays Darius holding a bow, as a sign of sovereignty, and treading on the chest of a figure who lies on his back before him. According to legend, the figure represents Gaumata, the Median Magus and pretender to the throne whose assassination led to Darius’s rise to power. Below and around the bas-reliefs, there are ca. 1,200 lines of inscriptions telling the story of the battles Darius waged in 521-520 BC against the governors who attempted to take apart the Empire founded by Cyrus. The inscription is written in three languages. The oldest is an Elamite text referring to legends describing the king and the rebellions. This is followed by a Babylonian version of similar legends. The last phase of the inscription is particularly important, as it is here that Darius introduced for the first time the Old Persian version of his res gestae (things done). This is the only known monumental text of the Achaemenids to document the re-establishment of the Empire by Darius I. It also bears witness to the interchange of influences in the development of monumental art and writing in the region of the Persian Empire. There are also remains from the Median period (8th to 7th centuries B.C.) as well as from the Achaemenid (6th to 4th centuries B.C.) and post-Achaemenid periods." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

The Inscription of Darius the Great in Bisotun. Thanks to Jessica of USA who bought this postcard in Iran.

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."

Postcard 1A - France
Postcard bought in Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Thanks to Sylvie of France.

Postcard 1B - France
Chapelle de Ronchamp, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.

Postcard 1C - France
Unite d'Habitation, Marseille, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.

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.