Finally, Nepal Government’s move to restore the country’s historical structures hit in the April 2015 earthquake has gone a step ahead with the recent development.
As part of its quake reconstruction efforts, Nepal has successfully restored the iconic historical monument at Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the restored historic structure amid a special function in Kathmandu on June 28, 2018.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Oli reiterated his government’s commitment towards quake recovery activity.
Gaddi Baithak, meaning ‘Royal Seat’, is Nepal’s one of the most important historical structures built in 1908.
This was the place where many Nepali kings were crowned and the royalty used to welcome the Heads of State and other high-ranking foreign guests their visit to the country.
Over the years, the site gained popularity from the world tourists and eventually got listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The historical monument faced a severe damage during the April 2015 massive earthquake that shook the country’s landscape leaving millions homeless.
Three after the damage, the building was rebuilt with traditional materials like timber wood, mud mortar and bricks, among others. The reconstruction involved engineers and architects with expertise in earthquake resilience and preservation & restoration of heritage sites.
Besides Gaddi Baithak, the day also saw the inauguration of four other ethnic Newari-style architectural monuments in and around the historical Durbar Square.
Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari expressed hope that the government would complete the reconstruction of majority of the quake-hit historical structures and monuments before Visit Nepal Year 2020.