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

The BDP: Developing Tradition

Neither a pure conservation strategy, leaving out the actual needs of the population, nor a pure economic development line, forgetting the populations historical and social environment, was adopted.
‹Bhaktapur Development Program 1976

Where you are now standing can be said to be the epicenter of the generation of the logic of "developing tradition." Bhaktapur is divided into twenty-four twa:s (neighborhoods). Tacapa: Square is in the center of the fourteen upper twa:s and is situated in the northeastern section of the city.

    There are ten maths, priest houses, surrounding the Square. The best known of these is the Pujari Math [T], which is located behind and to the right of Dattatreya (southeast ). The Pujari Math is principally famed for the superb Peacock Window [U], located in the small lane along the side. The museum has some excellent examples of the woodcarving for which Bhaktapur has long been famous. Directly across from the Pujari Math is the Brass and Bronze Museum, which has excellent examples of the Valley¹s metalwork.

    In 1969, Heinrich Seemann, the first secretary of the German Embassy in Kathamandu, conceived of giving the gift of the reconstruction of the Pujari Math to the crown prince for his wedding gift. The restoration was carried out from August of 1971 to May of 1972. Based upon this reconstruction, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation in 1973 initiated a pilot study with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ‹Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit). This pilot study led to the Bhaktapur Development Program (BDP), which ran from 1974 to 1986 and whose office was housed in the Pujari Math.


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Durbar Square

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