Unesco sites in Malaysia

Time Out Malaysia un­cov­ers the coun­try’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural sites recog­nised by Unesco

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‘To be in­cluded on the World Her­itage List, sites must be of out­stand­ing univer­sal value and meet at least one out of ten se­lec­tion cri­te­ria,’ as pre­scribed by Unesco – six for cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and four nat­u­ral cri­te­ria. These in­clude con­vey­ing ‘ex­cep­tional tes­ti­mony to a cul­tural tra­di­tion or civil­i­sa­tion which is liv­ing or has dis­ap­peared’, to be an ex­am­ple of tra­di­tional land- or sea-use rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a cul­ture, to por­tray note­wor­thy stages of earth’s his­tory, and to con­sist of ‘su­perla­tive nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena’. These sites cover her­itage cities, in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral sur­rounds and pre-his­toric ar­chae­ol­ogy sites; all are well worth a visit. Here are the Unesco-cer­ti­fied sites around Malaysia. in the north of Sabah.

Lit­tle is known about Kin­a­balu’s et­y­mol­ogy, but most dis­cus­sions on the topic al­lude to two folk­tales: Some say that ‘Kin­a­balu’ is brief for the Kadazan Dusun term ‘Aki Na­balu’ or ‘revered place of the dead’ – it’s thought that Mount Kin­a­balu’s peak pierce the heav­ens. Oth­ers claim that ‘Kin­a­balu’ is de­rived from ‘Cina Balu’, and refers to ‘a Chi­nese widow’ who scaled the moun­tain daily, keep­ing an eye out for her lost spouse... un­til her demise. Highly sa­cred and shrouded with mys­tery, Mount Kin­a­balu and its sur­round­ing park at­tract close to half a mil­lion visi­tors an­nu­ally. About 93 per­cent of the park is cov­ered with plant life – be­tween 5,000 and 6,000 vas­cu­lar species – in six veg­e­ta­tion zones rang­ing from trop­i­cal low­lands to alpine mead­ows. This green haven pro­vides cover to half of Bor­neo’s birds, mam­mals, am­phib­ians and two-thirds of the re­gion’s rep­tiles.

Mount Kin­a­balu

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