US support for heritage preservation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

The US Embassy in Kathmandu has announced that it will provide this year’s the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to the Hanumandhoka Durbar Museum Development Committee (HDMDC) and the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust.

Established by the US Congress and administered by the Department of State, the AFCP has supported the preservation of cultural sites, objects and forms of traditional cultural expressions in Nepal, providing  a total of $ 1,950,964 so far.

During a special event organised at the Hanumandhoka Durbar Museum on Wednesday, US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde announced to provide grants worth $ 122, 464 for the two projects to carry out restoration and conservation of ancient monuments and cultural sites.

“Our newest conservation initiative in Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the ongoing restoration in Patan Durbar Square, helps to preserve some of South Asia’s most significant intact historic urban sites,” Bodde said at the programme.

Under the AFCP, the HDMDC will receive grant worth $ 77,142 for the conservation of the 17th to 19th century palace. The amount will further support urgent repair and maintenance of the medieval era building in the area.  The Hanumandhoka Conservation committee is contributing an additional $ 149,352 for the same project.

Similarly, the another AFCP-funded project worth $ 45,322 will support the conservation of the 17th century South Taleju Temple of Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur and also contribute to restoration and seismic strengthening of the temple. The Trust is contributing an additional $ 45,500 for the project.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:00

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