World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

Inscribed: 2000

Components

Main data

Name of Property
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
Components
Nakijin-jôZakimi-jôKatsuren-jôNakagusuku-jôShuri-jôSonohyan-Utaki-IshimonTamaudunShikinaenSeifa-Utaki
Place
Nakijin Village, Yomitan Village, Kitanakagusuku Village, Nakagusuku Village, Uruma City, Naha City and Nanjo CIty, Okinawa Prefecture
Tentative List Submission
Tentative List Submission: 1992
Nommination
Nommination: Jun/1999
Inscribed
Inscribed: Dec/2000
Criteria
(ⅱ)(ⅲ)(ⅵ)
Municipality
Cultural Assets Division, Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education
Municipality Website
https://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/kodomo/land/bunka/sekaiisan/index.html
(Okinawa Prefecture)
UNESCO Website
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/972
Photo
Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education

Related Resources

Explanation

Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites provide mute testimony to the rare survival of an ancient form of religion into the modern age. The wide- ranging economic and cultural contacts of the Ryukyu Islands over that period gave rise to a unique culture.