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Winners for the 2004 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

Baltit Fort

Lakhpat Gururdwara

St Ascension Cathedral 01

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Dadabhai Naoroji Road Streetscape

Phra Racha Wang Derm

Vietnamese Traditional Folk Houses

Elphinstone College

Female Orphan School

Gong zi ting

Namuna Ghar

Shzhou River Warehouse

Zagar-e-Yazdi House

Zhangzhou city Historic Streets

Tak Seong On Pawnshop

Press Release: English

The UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific announced today that Baltit Fort (in Karimabad village in the Hunza region of Pakistan) has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO 2004 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.  The three Awards of Distinction went to Lakhpat Gurudwara (Lakhpat village in the state of Gujarat in India); St Ascension Cathedral (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mullewa, Australia).  Five Awards of Merit and eight Honourable Mention prizes were also announced today.

The UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.  Eligible projects must be more than 50 years old and the restoration must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Buildings must also have been in viable use for at least one year from the date of the Awards announcement.  UNESCO believes that recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic structures will encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within the community, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

A total of 37 entries were received this year from 12 countries and administrative areas in the Asia-Pacific region. A variety of types of projects were submitted for the Awards, including: seven religious buildings, fourteen institutions, eight residential buildings, three commercial projects, three urban conservation programmes, and two cultural landscapes.

A panel of international conservation experts in architecture, urban planning, heritage conservation and landscape design 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 the Asia-Pacific region. All winning entries demonstrated sound understanding of the issues of conservation in relation to the cultural, social, historical, and architectural significance of the building or complex.  In addition, all award-winning entries had an important impact in terms of stimulating further conservation works and all made a contribution to cultural continuity in their respective communities.

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