Third meeting of the Coordination Committee for the organisation of the “First International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Historic Fabrics: Historic Port of Kong” was held in Yadman Science and Conservation office in Tehran. Chair of the Workshop, Dr. Rasool Vatandoust, Mayor of Kong, Mr. Ayoob Zarei, and members of the Workshop’s secretariat were present in the meeting. After listening to the progress report and due to unreadiness of the infrastructures in Kong needed for the workshop it was decided to postpone the workshop to another date. Further details and new dates will be announced later.
Historic Residence of Galbat with an area of 1032 m2 and adjacent to one of the main plazas of the historic quarter is among the most valued houses in the historic port of Kong. Currently used as a residence as well as the base for dhow construction and seafaring is now being restored and rehabilitated so that it can be used a local accommodation for the participants of the International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban Historic Fabrics. When fully prepared this eco-touristic residence would be equipped with up-to-date facilities. Historic Residence of Galbat will be ready to host guests with 12 rooms with one, two or three beds.
The authorities in the Historic Port of Kong’s municipality are speedily working on the restoration and reconstruction of a big wooden launch (lenj) which is due to take the participants of the International Workshop on the Management of Coastal Urban historic Fabrics: Historic Port of King to Qeshm Island, from there to Hormuz Island and finally to Bandar Abbas. During this two days trip they will visit historic places in these two old islanda. The largest and most advanced plant for repair, restoration and reconstruction of big wooden boats (Launchs) in Persian Gulf is in Kong. In fact the knowledge and traditional skills for manufacture and reconstruction of wooden boats as well as seafaring in Persian Gulf was inscribed on the intangible world heritage of UNESCO in 2011.
Borkey-e panjta (Fivefold cistern) is among old traditional water cisterns in Kong located in Peimaei neighborhood. It is made as a circular central water reservoir with a diameter of 14 meters and depth of 6 meters having four 18 meters long longitudinal cisterns at its four sides. It was made with stone and sarouj during the reign of Atabakan-e Fars (12th and 13th centuries AD) and originally with no covering. It was repaired and enclosed by a benefactor in 1978. As planned restoration work is due to be completed by early January and thus ready to be visited by the Workshop participants.