Architecture > Nepal > Wood Culture Tour - Exploring Nepal's Cultural Heritage

 Apr 22 2024  

On July 22, 2023, a group of twelve members from the International Wood Culture Society embarked on a week-long cultural exploration trip to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.
After visiting the ancient Newari village of Bungamati in the southern Kathmandu Valley, the tour proceeded to explore Nepal's famous UNESCO World Heritage sites over the next two days. These included the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhnath Stupa, the oldest temple in Asia, Swayambhunath Temple, the pilgrimage site of Pharping, the Mahabuddah Temple built in 1585, and the renowned open-air museum of Patan Durbar Square.
Nepal is renowned for its unique architecture and carvings. During the Malla Dynasty, Nepal reached its peak in architectural, artistic, and cultural development. Its classical temple architecture, palaces, and unparalleled carving and decorative arts have contributed to the splendid UNESCO World Heritage sites we see today.
The distinctive cultural and historical landscape of Nepal left a profound impression on the members of the exploration team. The exquisite wood carvings, stone sculptures, bronze artifacts, and architectural decorations found everywhere deeply captivated several Chinese wood carving masters. Within the cultural heritage and in the lives of the people, one can truly feel the profound cultural heritage of Nepal.