Yueh Hai Ching temple to receive Unesco conservation award at ceremony

SINGAPORE - Singapore's oldest Teochew temple will receive the Unesco Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Merit at a ceremony on April 24.

The award for Yueh Hai Ching on Phillip Street, which was built in 1826, was announced last year.

In a press release on Friday, Teochew social welfare organisation Ngee Ann Kongsi said that the award recognises the temple's "meticulous conservation work to retain the building's original patina and ceramic ornamentations".

The 777-sq m one-storey temple had undergone a five-year makeover - which included two years of research alone - to the tune of $7.5 million. It officially re-opened on March 31 last year.

Some of the highlights include the restoration of the 120 colourful ceramic figurines, which depict scenes from Chinese classics such as The Three Kingdoms, on the temple's roof.

The temple also won a Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award last October.

Yueh Hai Ching had previously undergone only basic repair and renovation work in 1994, as well as in the mid-2000s.

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