National Art Museum and Lal Baithak in Bhaktapur to be reconstructed in ancient Malla style


3rd Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Aug 03: The National Art Museum and Lal Baithak building situated in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are to be reconstructed in the ancient Malla style of architecture. The monuments had been renovated during the Rana period in European style, and were later damaged during the 2015 earthquake.

The Bhaktapur Municipality, Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, and the Archaeology Department have agreed to reconstruct the structures in the ancient Malla style. As the Bhaktapur Durbar Squar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a permission letter will be sent to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The municipality has already gathered the historical proofs and art of the palace and developed a detailed map for the reconstruction, and discussed the project with experts. Chief of Bhaktapur Municipality, Sunil Prajapati, said that agreement has been made for the municipality to receive the budget amount for the reconstruction as soon as permission is received from the UNESCO Headquarters, after which the municipality and the Archaeological Department will work together through a consumers' committee to reconstruct the building.