Bouddhanath Stupa renovation underway

Bouddhanath Stupa

Bouddhanath Stupa (file photo)

Works have begun to renovate Bouddhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after a gap of fifteen years.

The Bouddhanath Area Development Committee under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have started renovation works. It is also painting the main stupa. A new coat of paint will be applied after plastering the dome.

“We are using paint this time instead of the plaster of Paris as we found that the temple had started to tilt due to the use of the plaster of Paris in the past,” Sampurna Kumar Lama, chairman of the committee, said.

He said the renovation and painting will cost four million rupees.

The committee also plans to construct modern rest rooms at two more places in the Bouddhanath area. The construct cost has been estimated at Rs 2.5 million.

The committee has also allocated Rs 3.1 million to install a 7.5-feet-tall statue of the Guru Rinpochhe Padma Shambhava at the local Ghilisang Peace Park.

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