A $7.5 million, five-year makeover of the Yueh Hai Ching temple - which included two years on research alone - has earned the team behind it a 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award. The Phillip Street temple (below), which can trace its roots back to 1826, picked up an award of merit alongside four other historic sites in the region, such as India's Shri Sakhargad Niwasini Devi Temple Complex.
Bankrolled by the temple's custodian, Ngee Ann Kongsi, a Teochew social welfare organisation, the project sought to restore the dilapidated temple to its original form.
UNESCO noted that the temple, which has the highest density of craft and ornamentation works of any temple in Singapore, had been "methodically and meticulously conserved"
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