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The restoration of an aristocratic house project from partial ruin state in Ladakh undertaken by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center has won 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation in Award of Distinction category. LAMO is public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh.
The restored structure is strategically located at the foot of Leh palace, contributes to continuity of historic townscape of 17th century. Its recovery establishes precedent for conserving non-monumental urban fabric of Leh Old Town. Under restoration project, LAMO had used salvaged and local building materials and indigenous construction techniques and skillfully introduced modern amenities to assure its ongoing use.
Other Category awardees
- Award of Excellence: It was awarded to restoration project of early 20th-century Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya in Japan. It celebrates Kyoto culture by safeguarding city’s endangered wooden townhouse typology as well as iconic annual Gion Festival.
- Award of Distinction: LAMO Center, Ladakh, India
- Award of Merit: 5 Martin Place, Sydney (Australia); Aijing Zhuang, Fujian (China); Commercial Bank of Honjo Warehouse, Saitama (Japan).
- Honourable Mention: Hengdaohezi Town, Heilongjiang (China), Rajabai Clock Tower & University of Mumbai Library Building, Mumbai (India), Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain, Mumbai (India).
- New Design in Heritage Contexts: Kaomai Estate 1955, Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, (Australia).
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
It was established in 2000. It recognizes efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. It aims to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking PPP (public-private partnerships).
India and South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. The MoU was signed between Union Ministry of Tourism and South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in New Delhi. It was signed during official four-day visit of First Lady of South Korea Kim Jung-sook (wife of incumbent South Korean President Moon Jae-in) to India. First Lady Kim is Chief Guest at Deepotsav event organized by Uttar Pradesh Government in Ayodhya and at ceremony of inaugurating new Memorial of Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya and Korea have historical connections. It is believed that lAyodhya’s egendary Princess Suriratna had traveled to Korea in 48 CE and married Korean King Suro.
South Korea is one of the leading tourists generating market for India from East Asia region. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) from South Republic in 2017 were 1, 42, 383 and during January- September were 1, 08,901. The signing of this MoU will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals to India from this source market.
It will expand bilateral cooperation in tourism sector, increase exchange of information and data related to tourism and encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators. It will also encourage Investment in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors and promote safe, honorable and sustainable tourism