Friday May 25, 2018

Heritage lost: UNESCO battles looters at Swayambhunath temple in Nepal

0
//
115
Image: The Associated Press
Republish
Reprint

By NewsGram Staff Writer

At the heart of Swayambhunath temple in Nepal, the iconic central stupa still stands firm at the hill top, but the ancient structures inside this famous Buddhist shrine have turned into debris. The United Nations has sent a team on a rescue mission to prevent the looting of artifacts from this World Heritage Site.

The seven-member UNESCO team is assessing the damage, with priority being given to keep a check on looting of artifacts from the destroyed site. “We are doing an inventory of stones and terracotta objects that have crumbled due to the earthquake. The first concern for us is to prevent the objects from looting and for this we are trying to get keys of one of the stores at the temple so that we can store these objects,” David Andolfatto, UNESCO consultant, told a news agency.

Image: The Associated Press
Image: The Associated Press

“Right now we are not thinking of restoration because for that we need money and restoration can be done only when we have rescued the objects. At the moment, we are doing the rescue work,” he added.

Swayambhunath Temple is also called as Monkey Temple and it is one of the ancient sites where both the Hindus and Buddhists worship together.

According to UNESCO, there are seven monument zones in Kathmandu, which include three Durbar squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, and four religious sites: Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath and Hindu temple complexes at Pashupatinath and Changu.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

Four South Korean Temples Recommended for Unesco List

South Korea submitted an application last year for seven mountain temples to be listed, reports Yonhap News Agency

0
//
17
Representational image.
Representational image. Pixabay

Four South Korean Buddhist temples were recommended for addition to the Unesco World Heritage list, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said here.

South Korea submitted an application last year for seven mountain temples to be listed, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The state agency said on Friday that Unesco’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recommended only four.

Also Read: North Korea Adopts South Korean Time Zone

The final decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Bahrain next month, with the listing most likely to be made.

The temples will join the list of other Unesco World Heritage sites in South Korea, such as the Changdeok Palace in central Seoul. (IANS)

Next Story