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Workshop on Stupa building and restoration held in Nubra valley
By Reach Ladakh Correspondent, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  A four-day workshop on Stupa building and restoration was organised by Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) in collaboration with the village community of Tongsted, Nubra from July 17 to 20 in Nubra valley. 

Eight stupa builders from different villages of Nubra participated.  The workshop focuses on documentation, discussion on stupa building and conservation, experience sharing and learning from each other.

Two old stupas in the Tongsted village were also restored and consecrated by the monks from Yarma Gonpa.

Dr. Sonam Wangchok, Secretary, HCHF termed Stupa as one of the most important Buddhist heritage and also highlighted different values of stupas.
According to him, the number of stupas we find in Ladakh cannot be found anywhere else in the world. 

“Ladakh has the most number of stupas built by our ancestors and blessed by many Lamas and Rinpoches,” said Dr. Sonam. 

He also appreciated the service of stupa builders of Nubra for their effort in conserving and restoring old stupas in different parts of Ladakh under the guidance of HCHF.

Rigzin Wangdus, Former Sarpanch and member appreciated Dr. Sonam Wangchok for working extensively in the field of cultural preservation and educating people about their culture, heritage and identity. 

He also thanked him for training masons and restoring stupas in outmost villages like Tongsted which is the last village before Siachen glacier. 

He also appreciated stupa experts led by Tsewang Phuntsok and Spalzang Tashi for training new masons to build stupas.

The workshop was organised under financial assistance from Ministry of Culture, Government of India under the Scheme of Financial Assistance for the Development of Buddhist/Tibetan Culture & Art.

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