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Yueh Hai Ching temple and Lucky Shophouse pick up Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

Published on Sep 2, 2014 10:23 PM

SINGAPORE - A $7.5 million, five-year makeover of the Yueh Hai Ching temple - which included two years on research alone - has taken home a 2014 Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Award.

The Phillip Street temple, which can trace its roots back to 1826, picked up an award of merit alongside four other historic sites in the region such as Thailand's Phraya Si Thammathirat Residence.

Lucky Shophouse, a residential home in Joo Chiat that was formerly Lucky Bookstore, was also awarded the Unesco jury commendation for innovation.

Transformed by Chang Architects, the Unesco panel - comprising international conservation experts - noted that the shophouse project played up historic textures and colours while celebrating functionalism inherent in early 21st century design.

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