International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Historic Fabrics: Historic Port of Kong is postponed

Mindful of the coronavirus pandemic and impossibility of foreseeing the end of this crisis, the date of the “International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Fabrics: Historic Port of Kong” is postponed until further notice.

Given the importance of introducing the historic port of Kong as well as communicating the news of preparing the required infrastructures for the event, the News section of the website will constantly be updated.

The new date and program of the workshop will be announced as soon as the circumstances permit.

Bandare Kong is like a cradle that takes its infant, slowly and gently, with the melodious lullaby of the sea and lasting sound of its seafarer to the sweet dream of life and prepare him/her to step along the route of recognizing his/her surrounding world.

Historic Port of Kong

Historic Port of Kong with population of 19231 people (based on General Population and Housing Census development plan) is 165 km away from the west of Bandar Abbas (Hormuzgan Province), Iran, and located in the town of Bandar-e Lenge. It is a beautiful city with lofty palm trees which provide a joyous shadow for people under the burning hot sunlight of the south of Iran. The wind-catchers direct wind into the center of houses and white-colored exteriors of buildings with their delicate decorations shine under sunlight and between blue color of sea and sky. A significant number of these houses are still occupied by people and families living in them safe and secure.

The historical fabrics of old and ancient cities and towns are to be considered as their assets; thus if studied, preserved, protected and presented properly, their corporeal and spiritual values will constantly be improved. Therefore, they play a determining role in promotion of cultural exchanges between different peoples and act as a national resource contributing to sustainable development of the city and in a wider concept to the mother land to which their belong. Population growth in different countries of the world during 20th and 21st centuries, global industrialization, drastic changes in world climate and development of tourism are major conservation challenges facing historical properties. That is why sustainable conservation/preservation of these cultural assets along with rational and pre-planned management of historical places could be the key to the problem. In fact, it is culture and cultural interactions that enable sustainability of the old cities.

The Historical Port of Kong is an exceptional city in Iran with its historical urban fabric still intact. It is actually a living historic city. Proud of their past and its vestiges the inhabitants of Kong communally try very hard to preserve and protect their heritage. They have their own special customs and traditions, music, foods, clothes, tales and narratives, and behaviors, practicing them over and over again.  Thus, Kong Port could be regarded as an outstanding historical city in Iran, the region and the world as it offers a mixture of living tangible and intangible heritage and mesmerizing nature, retaining all historical cultural values in one place.

However, taking good care of this historic city requires twofold endeavor just as sustainable conservation/protection of all historical cities in the world entails amplified multifaceted undertakings. The First international Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Historic Fabrics in Historic Port of Kong is to be organized for the very same reason. The aim is to gather the experts of this field from different countries for a week in Kong, so that they can discuss various conservation challenges faced by these cities and observe practically and in situ the potentials and problems that such culturally rich places possess and meet. Conclusively, it may pave the way for further collective activities in future to tackle these challenges.

Holding of this event has now twice been postponed. First for the required infrastructures in Kong not having been readied on-time, and second because of untimely and sudden emergence of a gruesome enemy called coronavirus, or COVID-19 disease. Now the whole world is involved with this horrendous pandemic. During this current disaster it is necessary to address two subjects simultaneously, the health and well-being of the people as well as the well-being and preservation of the museum collections, old towns, historical buildings and sites. The world of cultural heritage has just begun to understand that apart from those routine deterioration agents, a specific place should also be allocated for pandemics such as Corona in the risk management of cultural heritage. The current deadly consequence of this pandemic clearly show that in planning long-term programs for both the well-being of our fellow citizens and care of cultural properties we have no other way than paying special attention to this kind of natural disasters too. This virus is not only dangerous on its own and thus must be contained but its companion with other agents of destruction in historic places is another predicament.  It is thus necessary that all destroying aspects of this damaging factor be put into multifaceted studies and consequently, as of other damaging and destructive agents, determine the remedial methods before, during, and after its attack.

We all have high hope for this virus to be contained as soon as possible letting the world to return to a kind of pre-corona normalcy. In that case we shall use the first occasion possible to organize the workshop in Kong, so that the beautiful and enchanting city of Kong could once again be prepared to welcome all the Iranian and foreign experts and scholars.

[Workshop Director]
Rasool Vatandoust
[Mayor of Kong ]
Ayoob Zareie

Kong Port, heritage of ancient times and the achievements of noble and valorous seamen who sailed through rough waves of great historic seas and made history with their passions, life, resistance, love: and the main origin of all events remained from the ancient days until today in this historic land.
Kong is the maritime hub of ancient Iran and the modern hub of traditional dhow-construction industry. This port city has periodically been destroyed and presently is experiencing its fifth period of life.
The written history of this port city dates back to some 1,800 years ago witnessing the reign of a few Persian dynasties such as Seljuqs, Atabakans, and Safavids. Among historic monuments one can just name Lashtan Castle, Round Tower, Dowlat Creek, and Grand Mosque.
With some 195 acres of historic fabric, Kong is the largest historic city in southern Iran. One of the unique characteristics of the city distinguishing it from the other Iranian cities is its vast and extensive connections with other countries. India, African countries and Persian Gulf states have all experienced hospitality of people of Kong. The evidence denoting to this reality could be seen at various locations across this historic port. The clothes, dialect, customs and traditions of local people, all represent historic ties existed between this city and other countries emanating from maritime activities.
Esteemed guests and endeared friends, historic Port of Kong will be honored to welcome you and we will all be delighted to host you here.

Welcome to the land of millennium humane civilization.

Kong: the most important living heritage among historic Towns and  islands of the Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf is an important part of Persian ancient identity that has played a significant role in the formation of Persian civilization and its development. Archeological findings on the northern parts of Persian Gulf and Oman Sea indicate that the primitive human beings used to live in these areas during the late Palaeolithic Age, that is more than one million years ago. These relics which are mostly found in Hormozgan province are rudimentary chipped stone tools belonging to the late Palaeolithic Age. Evidence found in the Southwest of Asia shows that the northern edge of the Persian Gulf was one of the important routes for immigration of the primitive human beings over the late Palaeolithic Age who crossed this region on their gradual immigration towards southern Asia about one to two million years ago. This region once again played a key demographic role in the second wave of major immigration of the man between 200,000 to 60,000 years ago that belong to the modern early man. Some cultural relics as well as various historic fabrics of permanent settlements dating back to the Neolithic, Upper Historic and Historic Age particularly from Achaemenid, Parthian, Sassanid and Early Islamic periods have remained on the coastlines and islands in this region denoting to the importance and value of this unique historic-cultural zone. In spite of the great significance of this geographical space, few archeological surveys and studies have been conducted about this region. Therefore, it is highly required to conduct purposeful multidisciplinary researches on this region.

Some of the most important towns and islands of Persian Gulf with great various cultural heritages include Kong, Qeshm, Kish, Laft, and Khark. Each and every of these places enjoy from unique historic, cultural and natural diversity as well as intangible heritage. Historic Port of Kong dating back to some 3,000 years ago was inscribed on the national heritage list in 2002 because of its marvelous architecture and urban development features including possession of important and different elements such as berkeh (brooks), wind towers and other features of integrated architecture of public buildings and houses whose authenticity and integrity have been preserved better than other coastline cities of Persian Gulf. To promote conservation of values and to improve management in Kong, two national research bases of Kong Cultural Heritage Research Base and the World Intangible Heritage Base (Inscribed on the World Heritage Intangible Heritage 2011 and focused on dhow-construction and maritime navigation knowledge in Persian Gulf) were initiated and established in Kong by the Ministry Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism. Due to the significance of the Historic Port of Kong, the Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry has the preparation of the world heritage nomination file of this port city on its agenda. Hence, it is necessary to prepare required documents such as the management plan and field works in collaboration with local community engagement. In light of organizing the International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Historic Fabrics: Historic Port of Kong, this forum can be considered, among other subjects, as an wonderful opportunity to deal with issues that contribute to sustainable and cultural development of Kong including the following items:

  • Integrated management of tangible and intangible heritage in Persian Gulf;
  • Creative continuation of cultural and historic patterns of the historic part in sustainable development of Kong port city as well as integrity of old and new neighborhoods;
  • National and global experiencing in terms of local community engagement in conservation and continuation of cultural heritage values;
  • Presenting creative ideas in architectural and urban restoration as well as sustainable tourism in Kong based on its authenticity and integrity.
[Cultural Heritage Deputy]
Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian

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