Shuri Castle, located in Naha city, provides an overlooking view of the Naha port which used be the center of foreign trade.
In era of the Ryukyu dynasty, it was a Royal Castle as well as Okinawa’s largest castle. Before the war, the main building was a national treasure but it iwa completely destroyed by the Battle of Okinawa and the construction of the University of the Ryukyus in 1945.
In 1992 it has been restored as a national park to commemorate the mainland at the time of 20th anniversary of Okinawa reversion. The unique architectural style and rockwork technology created the fusion of both castle architecture culture of Japan and China, and were recognized for its high cultural and historical value.
That fact was what made Shuri Castle Site a registered World Heritage site in December 2000, which was the 11th registration in Japan. The figure that has been colored in bright vermilion is a brave figure that tells the history of the kingdom, the breath of culture. It is surely Okinawa’s symbol itself.