Updated at 6.00pm: A restoration project in the New Territories has achieved distinction in one of Asia's leading heritage conservation competitions. The King Law Ka Shuk restoration project has won a merit award at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for culture heritage conservation. The project was co-ordinated by the Leisure Culture Services Department (LCSD) LCSD assistant director Tony Ma Kai-loong said on Friday the award showed that SAR restoration projects have reached international standards. King Law Ka Shuk is the ancestral hall and study of the Tang clan. It was built in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in Tai Po Tau Tusen. The project, commenced in late 1998, reverted the ancestral hall to Qing dynasty's architectural style (1644-1911) by removing inappropriate modern building materials and carrying out renovations. It cost about $5 million and was completed in January. It is the second time SAR restoration projects have won international recognition. Last year, the Hung Shing Old Temple at Kau Sai Chau and the Ohel Leah Synagogue at Robinson Road also received awards. The King Law Ka Shuk is open from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm daily, except on Tuesdays when the ancestral hall is closed.