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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is a college of the University of London and the only Higher Education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Published May 17, 2001

Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT)

The purpose of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) is to safeguard the extraordinary and threatened architectural heritage of Nepal. With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a tiny area, the Kathmandu Valley boasts a concentration of monuments and townscapes of an importance almost unmatched in the world. The unique syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist cultures which gave rise to these monuments survives today in Nepal making their protection, repair and maintenance as "living monuments" all the more compelling.

Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT)

Published: June 24, 1999  Last Updated: March 13, 2002

Kathmandu University Department of Music

Kathmandu University Department of Music The musical traditions of Nepal are as diverse as the various ethnic groups of the country. The most complex musical culture in the Himalayas is that of the Newar in the Kathmandu valley which in the course of the past 2000 years has absorbed mostly Indian influences shaping a unique musical tradition.

Published April 17, 1996  Last Updated: August 15, 2002

Tibet Heritage Fund and Lhasa Archive Project

Lhasa has official status as one of the historic cities of China. But apart from the major monuments and temples, individual buildings and historic townscapes (alleyways, squares etc.) are not protected. In a pilot project carried out in 1996, the Tibet Heritage Fund and Lhasa Archive Project organized, funded and supervised the restoration of two ancient buildings on the Barkor, both originally scheduled for demolition. Traditional techniques and materials were revived, and old craftsmen, educated in the 1940s, were employed as consultants. Tibet Heritage Fund
Published August 31, 1996  Last updated July 21, 2000

The Patan Museum

The Patan Museum The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The residential palace compound of Keshav Narayan Chowk which houses the museum dates from 1734. The Museum opened to the public in July 1997. 9/6/99: Complete documentation of the concepts, construction and realisation of the new Patan Museum.
Published August 10, 1997  Last updated September 6, 1999

China Exploration & Research Society (CERS)

The goal of the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS) projects in Tibet is to save some of the last intact monasteries on the eastern plateau. Internationally known experts are teaching Tibetans how to repair traditional buildings while retaining as much original material as possible. Latest field reports from Baiya and Palpung with photos and news on the work-in-progress updated 3/17/98. Further reports from Palpung 5/3/99 and 6/13/99. China Exploration & Research Society (CERS)

Published Nov. 13 1996  Last updated June 13, 1999

The Shalu Association

The Shalu Association The Shalu Association is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1994. The aim of the Association is to help protect the Cultural Heritage of Tibet and restore important sites, especially those in urgent need of conservation. Shalu Association activities in Tibet provide a rare opportunity to take part in preserving this unique and ancient civilization for all of mankind.
Published January 28 1999

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