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

[14] The Peacock Restaurant: A Renaissance of Tradition

Conservation means making protecting a work, repairing, covering, cleaning, managing and in keeping the monument in its original form. These all are called conservation.
--Ancient Monument Act of 2013VS, section 2DH

In 1976, the BDP decided that one way to increase employment would be to jump-start the tourist industry. To do this it was decided to make two of the renovated structures into restaurants. One restaurant was located across from the Pujari Math ([T] ) in the Jangam Pati and became the Peacock Restaurant. The other was located in Taumadhi Square across from the Bhairava Temple [A] in the Bhaildyo Satta and became the Nyatapola Restaurant.

     In 1996 and again in 1998 this idea was blown up to a citywide scale. In a number of meetings the municipality discussed as a way of increasing tourism making all of Bhaktapur into a traditional city. This not only meant that the whole area would come under the Monumental Area regulations, but that a series of stricter acts would be implemented (Bhaktapur Magazine, Baisak 2053, 311).

    The rhetoric used to legitimate both these actions was the ideology of development. Because, as the article "The Discussion about Making Bhaktapur a Cultural City" reads:

There is no doubt that historical and archeological heritage has played a major role in developing the tourist industry. Intellectuals have argued that the main solution of the problem is to love and protect our culture. To accomplish this, a renaissance is necessary (Bhaktapur Magazine, Baisak 2053, 2).

How have tourism and the discourse on renaissance of heritage become intertwined?


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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2001 Gregory Price Grieve , Site design by GDL Historical Laboratories. .