Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

[10] The Golden Gate: The Government Map
Nepalis sing a song
While lifting a flag of light
Glory, glory, glory to Nepal
Which is beautiful

--Rashra Bandana," by Madhav Prasad Ghimere
(Khanal et al., 2028)

Finish up your drink, and look across the square. Just to the north of the Batsala Temple, in front Bhupatindra¹s pillar, is the Golden Gate (Lun Dhwakha ) [Q], the entrance to the 55-Window Palace [R]. Most of the 55-Window Palace was destroyed in the earthquake of 1934, but some pieces of old Malla architecture are still visible. The palace was built by King Bhupatindra Malla, and the gate by his son, King Jaya Ranjit Malla.

     Currently, this is the entrance to the royal temple of Taleju, the ruling goddess of Nepal. In medieval times, it was also the gate to the royal court. Through the gate to your right, still in the first courtyard, you can see the windows to a Rana period building. During the Rana period, this was the seat of the local governor and today it houses the municipality. Further back beyond the first wall is the center for national offices and the Bhaktapur district offices.


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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