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. The number of sites found in the relatively contained area suggests the presence of a fairly large, semi-sedentary population with cultural remains from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Metal ages.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
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|A Buddhist Temple Filled With Snakes||2018||80.9km||site_ao|
|Pinang Peranakan Mansion||2018||80km||site_ao|
|Penang Jewish Cemetery||2018||81.4km||site_ao|
|Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca||2008||79.7km||site_whs|
|Penang’s Pulau Jerejak: A storied history beyond a high-security detention centre | Malay Mail||2019||77.8km||post|
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About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.