Historic Castles & Royal and Sacred sites of Kingdom of Ryukyu

Nine sites relating to the Ancient Kingdom of Ryukyu are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Apart from the Shuri Castle, there are also the royal tombs, royal gardens, sacred sites and a number of castles built on the most impenetrable cliffsides.  These monuments are not only a testimony to the cultural advancement of this long gone civilization and their historic trading and political links to countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia, but also the pride of the Okinawan people in preserving their unique culture and heritage.

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