The top 10 endangered sites in Asia

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  1. Kalboz
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    The top 10 endangered sites in Asia, according to the Global Heritage Fund, are:

    1. Ayutthaya in Thailand, a former Siamese capital known as the "Venice of the East."
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    2. Fort Santiago in the Philippines.​
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    3. Kashgar, one of the last preserved Silk Road cities in China.
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    4. Mahasthangarh, one of South Asia's earliest archeological sites in Bangladesh.
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    5. Mes Aynak, an Afghan Buddhist monastery complex on the Silk Road.
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    6. Myauk-U, capital of the first Arakenese kingdom in Myanmar.

    7. Plain of Jars, a mysterious megalithic site in Laos.

    8. Preah Vihear, a Khmer architectural masterpiece in Cambodia.

    9. Rakhigari, one of the biggest, ancient Indus sites in India.

    10. Taxila, an ancient economic crossroads in Pakistan.​
     
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    Thanks for posting this. The article you link to is also very much worth reading. A quote from the article:

    "a world without history is a world without soul."
     
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    Yes, indeed!
     
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    Ayutthaya is absolutely gorgeous!
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    When I lived in Thailand many many moons ago my closest friend was a Prince of the Ayutthaya line that was defeated by the Burmese in 1765, then eventually replaced by the current Chakri dynasty. As a result i learned a lot of Thai history I otherwise would not have learned, and gained an enormous respect for the culture and tolerance of the Thai people. Sadly the governments have rarely lived to the standard of the gentle people, so often resulting in military rule.

    As beautiful and mazing as is Ayutthaya today, imagine what it was like around 1500, when the kingdom was thriving.

    Thanks very much for posting this and reminding me of one of the most enlightening periods of my life.
     
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    We are likewise continually impressed by your experiences JB :)
     

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