Royal Belum park to be recognised as World Heritage site

LENGGONG: The Royal Belum State Park will be recognised as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the National Heritage Department was preparing documents to be sent to Unesco before February 2017.

“Usually, the nomination by Unesco is done 18 months after delivery of the complete dossier,” he told reporters after opening the 4th anniversary celebration of Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage site at Dataran Lenggong here last night.

Mohamed Nazri, who is also Padang Rengas Member of Parliament, said he wanted to transform the tourism sector to attract more tourists to Perak.

“Lenggong Valley is famous for the Perak Man skeleton found in Gua Gunung Runtuh in 1990. Perak Man dates to some 10,000 years ago.”

Mohamed Nazri said that he was proud with the recognition of Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage site in 2012.

Earlier, he said the first phase of upgrading Galeri Arkeologi Lenggong involved the construction of the Perak Man gallery, an exhibition gallery, auditorium as well as ticket and information counters.

The second phase involved the construction of the audio-visual room, a cafe, observation tower and other facilities for visitors.