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Winners for the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

Guangyu Ancestral Hall 03

Astana 08

Cangqiao 01

Catholic Cathedral 02

Virtuous Bridge 11

Water Town 01

Dalongdong 03

Gota de Leche 03

Medina 04

Press Release: English

The UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific announced today that Guangyu Ancestral Hall (Conghua Province, Guangdong Province, China) has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO 2003 Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.  The two Awards of Distinction went to the Water Towns of the Yangtze River (Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, China) and the Astana of Syed Mir Muahmmad (Ghanche District, Baltistan, Pakistan).  Three Awards of Merit and three Honourable Mention prizes were also announced today.

A total of 22 project entries were submitted from nine countries and administrative areas in Asia Pacific that included five religious buildings, five institutions, two residential buildings, four commercial projects, three urban conservation programmes, one memorial, one bridge and one botanical garden.  

A panel of international conservation experts in architecture, urban planning, landscape design and heritage conservation conducted the selection process. The jury panel noted that the range of proposals received this year point to the increasing momentum and level of conservation in Asia and the Pacific.  All winning entries demonstrated sound understanding of the issues of conservation in relation to the structure’s cultural, social, historical, and architectural significance.  In addition, they all made an important impact in the surrounding environment; consequently contributing to the cultural and historical continuum of the community.

Further information about the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation and this year’s winning entries can be found at: