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2015 UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Heritage Awards Winners Announced 

India’s Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple wins Award of Excellence in 2015 cycle;  Lao PDR honored for first time

The Conservation of the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala, India has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Xieng Thong Temple in Luang Prabang won the Award of Merit and became the first project in Lao PDR to receive the UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Heritage Award.  A total of 12 winning projects from five countries, – India, China, Lao PDR, Australia and Thailand – have been recognized in this year’s Heritage Awards. A panel of international conservation experts met in June to review 36 entries from across the Asia‐Pacific region.   Tim Curtis, Chair of the Jury and Chief of UNESCO Bangkok’s Culture Unit, said he was impressed with the quality of the entries received this year as well as the geographical expanse they covered, showing that the awards’ message of the importance of cultural preservation is gaining momentum in the region.

The conservation of the exceptionally ornate Xieng Thong Temple has safeguarded the jewel of Luang Prabang architecture and the historic kingdom’s most significant landmark. Undertaken within the framework of technical standards set by the Luang Prabang Department of World Heritage, the project is to be commended for its systematic conservation planning and execution. The involvement of trained monk artisans in producing the traditional decorative works represents a noteworthy revival of an age-old practice of sustaining Buddhist temples. The major initiative has arrested the temple complex’s slow physical decay and reversed previous inappropriate conservation efforts, improving the condition of both the ritual buildings and the monks’ quarters.   By combining grassroots efforts with donor support, the project epitomizes the spirit of World Heritage in promoting international cooperation for protecting the world’s most iconic heritage places.


Award of Excellence                                                                                                  Award of Distinction

Project name: Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple      Project name: Saltans of Yim Tin Tsai        Project name: J.N. Petit Institute

Location: Kerala, Idia                                                  Location: Hong Kong SAR, China                              Location: Fort, Mumbai, India

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Award of Merit 

Project: Xieng Thong Temple                           Project : Ping Yao Courtyard Houses              Project: Gangdong Heritage Education centre

Location: Luang Prabang, Lao PDR                             Location: Shanxi Province, China                          Location: Guangdong Province, China


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Project: Baan Luang Rajamaitri

Location: Chantaburi, Thailand







Honourable Mention

Project: Wanslea Cancer Wellness Centre                        Project : Sanfang Qixiang                      Project : YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel

Location: Cottesloe, Western Australia                         Location: Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China                 Location: Hong Kong SAR, China

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Project name: Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple

Location: Pune, India


Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts

Project name: Port Arthur Penitentiary

Location: Tasmania, Australia




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