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Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites - The Complete List

Ranging from an archaeological wonder to lush rainforests and heritage towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places that have been deemed of significance for its natural and cultural heritage.

Currently, there are 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia and hopefully, there will be more upcoming sites that can be added to the list.

Here is the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia...

#1. Kinabalu Park

As the name suggests; the main attraction at Kinabalu Park is Mount Kinabalu, which attract hiking enthusiasts and those with a brave heart to the top of Malaysia’s highest peak.

Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site and also act as the Centre of Plant Diversity for South-East Asia. The Park boasts more than 5,000 plant species and has no shortage of fauna as well as being home to around 90 species of mammals and others.

Surrounding the Kinabalu Park is a multitude of natural attractions and enjoyable activities such as mountain biking, golf, birding, farm tours, canopy walk and of course photography!

#2. Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park obtained the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants.

Named after Mount Mulu, the second-highest mountain in Sarawak, Gunung Mulu National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with striking primary forest, karst terrain, mountains, waterfalls and the largest caves on earth!

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#3. Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Melaka and George Town, Malaysia, are remarkable examples of historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West.

The influences of Asia and Europe have 'blessed' the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications.

Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century.

Meanwhile; George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th-century featuring residential and commercial buildings.

#4. The Lenggong Valley

The city of Lenggong is located 100 kilometres to the north of Ipoh, through Kuala Kangsar (onwards to Grik). It is recognised as one of the oldest sites of human activity in West Malaysia.

Situated in the lush Lenggong Valley, the property includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which span close to 2 million years, one of the longest records of early man in a single locality, and the oldest outside the African continent.

It features open-air and cave sites with Palaeolithic tool workshops, evidence of early technology.

Perak Man was discovered within Gua Gunung Runtuh cave. Perak Man is South-East Asia’s oldest most complete human skeleton.

The Lenggong Valley was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th June 2012.


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