Rehabilitating A Unique Form of Hindu Architecture

Global Heritage Fund and its NGO partners Prince Claus Fund and Gram Bharati Samiti have carried out an investigation on how to address threats to the Stepwells of Rajasthan, India. A series of local Stepwells have been restored, and GHF is looking forward to continuing its involvement with much-needed architectural expertise.

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Helping Conserve one of China’s most Ancient Cities

Pingyao GuidelinesThe Conservation Management Guidelines for Traditional Courtyard Houses and Environment in the Ancient City of Pingyao has been recently published in both Chinese and English.

The Ancient City of Pingyao, is an exceptionally well-preserved ancient city in China. The city was founded in 5th Century AD and the extant city dates from the 14th century. Covering an area of 225 hectares, the Ancient City of Pingyao is a complete building system including ancient walls, streets and lanes, shops, dwellings and temples. Its layout reflects perfectly the developments in architectural style and urban planning of the Chinese Han cities for more than five centuries, providing a complete picture of the cultural, social, economic and religious development in Chinese history.

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Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia – Update from the Field

This summer the Banteay Chhmar conservation team reached a major milestone as 90% of the Southeast bas-relief wall gallery has now been reconstructed.  The ongoing work is now focusing on, reinforcing the foundation and filling in the gaps between the stone blocks to prevent water seepage, as well as the general removal of excessive vegetation near and around the wall.

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The Importance of Preserving Cultural Heritage

In an exclusive interview for TalkBusiness 360, GHF’s Executive Director, Dr. Vince Michael discusses the importance of preserving cultural heritage and how GHF’s projects impact the livelihoods of local communities.

The interview is featured on all American Airlines flights, exclusively in Business & First Class, now through July 31st.


 

Plain of Jars Conservation Workshop

Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars Conservation Workshop, was organized in collaboration with the Department of Heritage in the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT), in Phonsavan, Xiengkhouang Province, Lao PDR.

This two-week course trained students from the national, provincial, district and village levels in site management and conservation techniques.  Leading the instruction were Prof. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, who lectured on the subject of Cultural Heritage Management and Legal Frameworks regarding Cultural Heritage; Ms. Lia Genovese, who presented The History and Archaeology of the Plain of Jars; and Mr. Simon Warrack, who is taught the group about the nature of stone, how it is formed and decays, and conservation approaches in theory and practice. 

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World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced recipients of the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow awards.
Learn more about the Winners and Finalists by clicking here.

Ciudad Perdida, one of GHF’s key projects, was among the sites nominated for its community development initiatives. Mashable and Conde Nast Traveler have recently featured Ciudad Perdida s one of the Top 5 Sites Worth Visiting in 2014!