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Afghanistan - AKTC's restoration of Khaplu Palace has received a 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction. From the citation: "Once the former seat of government and one of Baltistan’s finest royal residences, Khaplu Palace has been restored from a dire state of dilapidation. The work, undertaken with a high level of technical competence, addressed a range of challenges from structural concerns to historic landscaping in a manner that has retained the authenticity. The Palace has been reintegrated as a vital part of the community through its new function as a small-scale heritage hotel and Balti Folk Museum. The upgrade of the adjacent village’s infrastructure and the creation of new livelihood opportunities have ensured improved well-being for local inhabitants in this remote rural area. The project is testimony to the success of the well-tested approach to mobilising culture for sustainable development pioneered by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan."