Sweden - Hanseatic Town of Visby

"A former Viking site on the island of Gotland, Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. Its 13th-century ramparts and more than 200 warehouses and wealthy merchants' dwellings from the same period make it the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe". 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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A multi-view of Hnaseatic town of Visby. Thanks to Merja of Sweden.







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Aerial view of historic Visby with city walls and St Nicholai, St Clements and Helge Ands ruins. Thanks to Doris of Sweden. Received this postcard in December 2018.


Germany - Monastic Island of Reichenau

"The island of Reichenau on Lake Constance preserves the traces of the Benedictine monastery, founded in 724, which exercised remarkable spiritual, intellectual and artistic influence. The churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul, and St George, mainly built between the 9th and 11th centuries, provide a panorama of early medieval monastic architecture in central Europe. Their wall paintings bear witness to impressive artistic activity." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Klosterinsel Reichenau of Bodensee. Thanks to Ruth of USA. Mailed October 14, 2013 and arrived in Penang on Oct 26, 2013.





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A pretty multi-view of the churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul and St George of Reichenau Island. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Silke of Germany.






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Aerial view of Monastic Island of Reichenau. Thanks to Sabine of Germany. Received in November 2018.


Ghana - Asante Traditional Buildings

"Near Kumasi, a group of traditional buildings are the last remaining testimony of the great Asante civilization, which reached its peak in the 18th century. The buildings include ten shrines/fetish houses (Abirim, Asawase, Asenemaso, Bodwease, Ejisu Besease, Adarko Jachie, Edwenase, Kentinkrono, Patakro and Saaman). Most are to the north-east of Kumasi, and Patakro, to the south.

Arranged around courtyards, the buildings are constructed of timber, bamboo and mud plaster and originally had thatched roofs. The unique decorative bas-reliefs that adorn the walls are bold and depict a wide variety of motifs. Common forms include spiral and arabesque details with representations of animals, birds and plants, linked to traditional “Adinkra” symbols. As with other traditional art forms of the Asante, these designs are not merely ornamental, they also have symbolic meanings, associated with the ideas and beliefs of the Asante people, and have been handed down from generation to generation...."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Multi-view of traditional buildings of Ghana with the top right corner picture showing Asante Traditional Buildings. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands for arrangement for mailing from Ghana.

Russia - Volcanoes of Kamchatka

"This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcanic features of the Kamchatka peninsula. The interplay of active volcanoes and glaciers forms a dynamic landscape of great beauty. The sites contain great species diversity, including the world's largest known variety of salmonoid fish and exceptional concentrations of sea otter, brown bear and Stellar's sea eagle." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Volcano of Kamchatka, Kronotsky of eastern Asiatic Russia. Nice traditional wedding costume stamp used. Thanks to Tatiana of Russia.







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Gorely and Mutnovsky Volcanoes in Kamchatka. Thanks to Evpeniya of Kamkatcha, Russia.







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Fox and volcano - Kronotsky Zapovednik. Thanks to Nastya of Tyumen, Russia.







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One of 160 volcanoes in Kamchatka Peninsula, the far eastern region of Russia. THanks to Masha of Russia. Postcard received in November 2018.

Vietnam - The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

"The Thang Long Imperial Citadel has become the 900th site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Hanoi is the site of "Thang Long" is old imperial capital of Vietnam. I visited this wonderful riverside city with strong Chinese, French and Vietnamese influenced architecture. Has many lakes that become a popular backpacker destination. The flag tower is where the old imperial city of Thang Long is located. I bought this postcard interestingly in Penang, not Vietnam. Then, I got this same postcard sent from Vietnam thanks to Jo. "Cam On" - thank you so much.




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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi, Vietnam. I bought this postcard in Vietnam in October 2018.

Vietnam - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

"The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Palaeozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geomorphic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers.” 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Han Tien grotto of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Year of Ox stamp used. Thanks so much to Tayet of Vietnam.






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Son Doong Cave - the world's largest cave in Quanbinh. I bought this postcard in Vietnam in October 2018.


Vietnam - Complex of Hué Monuments

"Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty" 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Khai Dinh Tomb of Hue Complex. Postmarked January 3, 2011 in Hanoi and arrive in Penang on January 14, 2011. Two nice bird stamps. Thanks to Jo who is staying Vietnam and visited Hue.






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School girls passing through one of the Imperial Gates in Hue. Thanks to YL who visiting Vietnam.




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Hiem Lam Palace of Hue, Vietnam. Great Year of Tiger stamp used. Thanks to Jo who is in Hanoi, Vietnam.






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Thien Mu Pagoda of Hue - the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. "Xin Chao" greetings from DAO of UK who was visiting. Nice stamps including a UNESCO stamp and a durian fruit stamp. DAO, thanks so much in Vietnamese "Cam On".






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Phuoc Duyen Tower at Thien Mu Pagoda. Thanks to sender who visited Vietnam and mailed this postcard from Cork, Ireland.





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Reverend Thich Don Hau's tomb, Chua Thein Mu, Hue. I visited the Thein Mu Pagoda complexs in Hue and mailed this postcard to myself from Hue main post office on October 18, 2018 - it arrived quickly as I received in Penang Island on November 1, 2018.






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Stone columns with dragons carved at the Palace Corridor of Supreme Harmony Hall Throne. I visited this hall in October 2018.


Vietnam - Hoi An Ancient Town

"Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Annual floods in Hoi An. Thanks to Jo for mailing from Vietnam.





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Beautiful postcard of Hoi An with nice orchid stamp. Thanks to Aletta who is currently in Vietnam.







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Shaped postcard of the famous Japanese Bridge in Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.




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Shaped postcard of the famous lanterns of Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.