UNESCO Asia - Pacific Heritage Awards Winner
The Cangdong Heritage Education Centre has been granted by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Award of Merit at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation on 1 September 2015.
“Using a multi-pronged approach, the project to establish the Cangdong Heritage Education Centre has helped to reverse the gradual abandonment of this once- prosperous farming community in Guangdong Province. Located near the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages World Heritage property, the village contains noteworthy architectural typologies dating to the Ming Dynasty which the project has selected for conservation, resulting in the sensitive restoration of two ancestral halls, a defensive watchtower and the Furen temple. By designing an outreach programme targeting youth, the project has helped to raise awareness and concern about local heritage among the younger generation. The commendable efforts of community members, patrons and conservationists have realized an ambitious new vision for the revitalization of the village.”
- Quoted by UNESCO