Japan funds Lumbini conservation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 30, 2014-

Japan government is funding a project on conservation of the historical monuments of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and archaeological sites within the Sacred Garden of Lumbini.   

The project “Strengthening conservation and management of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, World Heritage property, Phase II” will be implemented by the Unesco Office in Kathmandu, in close cooperation with the Department of Archaeology, and the Lumbini Development Trust.  

The Government of Nepal and Unesco signed an agreement regarding the three-year second phase of the project on Monday.

“I am confident that the project will contribute to preservation of outstanding universal value of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and the two other sites, Tilaurakot and Ramagrama,” said Bharat Mani Subedi, joint secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

The project will also review the management process of Lumbini World Heritage Site, and safeguard the cultural assets of the Lumbini Development Area, particularly Tilaurakot and Ramagrama.

“We applaud Nepal’s efforts to preserve Lumbini as one of the world’s centres of Buddhist pilgrimage, and are proud to be able to contribute to protect this unique spiritual place for future generations,” said Masashi Ogawa, Japan’s ambassador to Nepal.

The first phase of the project produced a number of significant results focused in Lumbini like conservation of the three most emblematic monuments of Lumbini, namely the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture and the Ashoka Pillar; excavations of the Mayadevi Temple which unearthed ancient shrines dating back to sixth century BCE, the Unesco statement said.

“The project’s second phase  is aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust through improvement of the knowledge and skills of conservation personnel and archaeological staff,” said Amita Vohra, officer-in-Charge of  Unesco Office in  Kathmandu.

Published: 01-07-2014 08:53

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