Ocean Castle in the Sky

Sitting pretty on a limestone outcrop surrounded on all sides by the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean it’s easy to see why Katsuren Gusuku (勝連グスク) is nicknamed the Ocean Castle.  Back in the mid-15th century the castle is said to have been a magnificent structure and testament to the wealth generated through trade with Japan, China and other parts of east and southeast Asia.  Today, it’s magnificence remains thanks to the partly restored limestone walls and ramparts and imposing stance overlooking the surrounding villages and islands. Katsuren Gusuku is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the nine Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

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