#822 Finally UNESCO approved to recognize the burial mounds in Osaka as world heritage sites!
Finally UNESCO approved to recognize the burial mounds in Osaka as world heritage sites!
There are in total 49 buried mounds in Osaka. The most famous and the biggest one is called “Nintoku Tenno-ryo” in Sakai city.
The local authorities first submitted the application in 2007, so it took them 12 years to be put on the World Cultural Heritage list!
In TV news, I saw some people got together and celebrated. The reporter asked a woman in Osaka.
“So your long time dream has finally come true. How long did you support it?”
She said, “Yes! 1600 years!”
Isn’t she funny? I like her joke. It feels like everyone in Osaka has a great sense of humor!
It will bring huge economic effect to Osaka
According the newspaper, the World Heritage Site designation will bring huge economic effect to Osaka and Sakai city. They estimated about 915 million dollars (1005 okuyen) for Osaka, and 310 million dollars (340 okuyen) for Sakai city.
Since I live in Sakai city, I’m very happy and excited. On one hand, I hope that the designation can bring more people to this beautiful city, but on the other hand, I am also a little bit worried that the tourists may bring too much noise to the quiet neighborhood.
To attract more people
↑A place of worship, we can’t go any further.
To be honest, all you can see at ground level is just lots and lots of trees right now. Because the burial mounds are restricted areas, tourists can only walk up to the entrance, which is quite disappointing. If the local government really wants to attract more people to look at the burial mounds, I think they should build a tall tower nearby, so that people can go up and see the stunning view.
I think someone actually did a calculation and said that it would need a 300m tower, which is as tall as the Tokyo Tower. I am not really sure if that is going to be possible in Sakai city.
↓Here is my previous post about the Sakai’s famous historical attractions.