Nepal: One Year After the Earthquake

Kathmandu’s Temples: Reconstruction, One Year On  

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One year and roughly two months after the 2015 earthquake, the STU Nepal 2016 team went back to two temples in Kathmandu, the Great Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath. The first is a World Heritage Site and one of the most important Buddhist temples in Nepal, and the second a renowned Hindu place of worship.

With support of Boudhanath Area Development Committee, the Great Boudhanath Stupa has been under reconstruction for one year. Experts are hired to guide the workers to carry out their job. According to Sajit Lama, one of the volunteers working to rebuild the Great Boudhanath Stupa, the reconstruction will be done in around four or five months

(The Great Boudha Stupa is rebuilding Lyn/Photo)

(The Great Boudha Stupa is rebuilding Lyn Lin/Photo)

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(Workers are repairing the Great Boudhanath Stupa Roy Luo/Photo)

After more than a year, the buildings around Pashupatinath temple are still in ruins. Houses around Pashuptinath temple that provided for Hindu pilgrims to stay have not been rebuilt. But monkeys, cows, goats, dogs and pigeons climb over broken walls everywhere around the temple.

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(Two men sit on the bricks Roy Luo/Photo)

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(Monkeys and other animals live in the temple’s surrounding area and feed on refuse from worshippers. Lv Dan/Photo)

All of the damage in all of the places begs the question: When will reconstruction on these places finish? A local guide, Sam of Four Seasons Travel, responded to the query.

“They say ‘one year’. But this…” and here Sam smiles broadly and shakes his head back and forth, and says, “Is Nepal.”

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(A local guide, Sam of Four Seasons Travel Alison Hong/ Photo)

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