Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Earthquake-hit Historic Boudhanath stupa reopens after restoration

Posted by Anup Baral | November 23, 2016 :
After earthquake destroyed hundreds of treasured historic sites across this mountain nation, Nepal on Tuesday celebrated the restoration of the first major one to be rebuilt - an iconic Buddhist monument topped in gold that towers above Kathmandu. One of the largest of its kind in the world and a major tourist attraction, the Boudhanath stupa was repaired not with government funding, but with private donations from Buddhist groups and help from local volunteers. The government has been harshly criticized for its slow pace of reconstruction and its failure to repair the vast majority of the country's heritage zones. Believed to have been built in the 14th century, Boudhanath was shaken by a magnitude 7.8 quake in April 2015 that devastated the nation, killing nearly 9,000 people and displacing millions. Its sprawling white dome - topped with four pairs of hypnotic eyes that stare out across the capital city - was largely spared, but the gold spire that sits atop the dome was severely damaged. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal praised the private restoration effort in a speech at the monument, and said it should serve as an example for the rest of the nation.

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