Nepal’s Sundari Chowk regains its beauty

Nepal’s Sundari Chowk regains its beauty

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The restoration work of North, South, and West Wings of the Sundari Chowk was completed before the earthquake struck the Himalayan nation in April, 2015. These three wings remained intact despite violent tremors, thanks to the structural fortification during the restoration. However, deadly earthquake flattened the East Wing which has been laboriously restored since then to its original style

Ten-year-long restoration of the Sundari Chowk (2006-2016) which is considered to be the most beautiful courtyard in Nepal has been completed and is now open for public. The restoration work of North, South, and West Wings of the Sundari Chowk was completed before the earthquake struck the Himalayan nation in April, 2015. These three wings remained intact despite violent tremors, thanks to the structural fortification during the restoration. However, deadly earthquake flattened the East Wing which has been laboriously restored since then to its original style.

Lot of efforts has gone into raising funds for the project and also gathering expertise for the restoration of this storied courtyard. Restorers have left the galleries with mud-floors and exposed wall paintings untouched so that the public may experience the feeling of bare feet on finely laid mud. The mud floors in the Sundari Chowk must only be stepped on without shoes and the galleries are closed weekly for maintenance in order to keep these fragile floors intact.

In the meantime, work on restoration of the Patan Durbar Square and its adjoining palace complex is in full swing. If everything goes as per plan, including mobilization of funds, fully restored complex should be ready for public view by 2021.