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Development of Lumbini as Buddhist Mecca discussed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 20, 2012

BUTWAL: The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), one of the international donor agencies operating in the country, has stressed developing Lumbini area as the Vatican City of the Buddhists by formulating an integrated masterplan.

A delegation of KOICA which is visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also suggested including the entire Lumbini region and surrounding places in this development plan.

The leader of the KOICA team, Prof Kwak Yong Hum, speaking at a discussion programme here on Wednsday said Lumbini could be developed as Mecca and Medina are for the Muslims and as the Vatican City is for the Christians. The discussion was organized by the Siddharthanagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said Lumbini could be developed as a World Peace City and it would be centre of faith for people of all the faiths.

Prof Kwak who has already spent over 10 years studying about Lumbini said development of Lumbini means the development of the entire Lumbini area and not just the area around Lumbini .

He stressed the integrated development of the Lumbini region including other areas related with the life of the Buddha like Tilaurakot, Devdaha and Ramgram.

“This integrated development should also include programmes for the improvement of the living standard of the local community there,” Prof Kwan stressed.


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Buddha Birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2012

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LUMBINI: Mikel Dunham’s interview with Lisa Choegyal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Lisa Choegyal is a tourism consultant who works throughout the Asia Pacific region, specializing in pro-poor sustainable tourism planning and marketing. With a background in the private sector, she was for over 20 years Director of Marketing of Tiger Mountain, Nepal’s pioneer trekking, adventure and wildlife operator. Based in Kathmandu, she has worked since 1992 as a senior associate of TRC Tourism (formerly Tourism Resource Consultants) in Wellington, New Zealand  ( Lisa was Team Leader of the ADB Ecotourism Project 2000-2001, DFID tourism monitor on TRPAP 2001-2005, tourism-marketing specialist for the ADB SASEC program 2004-2008, and prepared the UK Aid DFID Great Himalaya Trail development program for SNV Nepal 2006-2010. She serves on a number of non-profit boards related to tourism and conservation, and is New Zealand Honorary Consul to Nepal since 2010.


02-nun at Lumbini

DUNHAM: How do you assess the current framework for development in Lumbini, the framework that is already and has been in place for a long time?

CHOEGYAL: The institutional framework is interesting with so many stakeholders, different factions and historical complexities. UNESCO has a crucial role to play to preserve its world heritage status. The Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) is the obvious main custodian although it needs to be evolved into an Authority rather than a Trust. It is typical of the current political scenario that existing institutions become politicized. . Perhaps it was felt, in this case, that it is easier to create a parallel organization and just blow LDT out of the water. Three billion dollars is a convincing figure.

I’ve worked on Lumbini, from a tourism perspective, on and off, for the last twenty years but most recently with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) tourism infrastructure study, where I was part of a consulting team that designed the South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) tourism components. SASEC is an ADB grouping of five countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India – actually the north and northeast States of India – Nepal and Sri Lanka. We worked for six years as tourism sector advisors on the SASEC program with our firm, TRC Tourism, which is based in Wellington, New Zealand. SASEC was modeled on the ADB’s Greater Mekong Sub-Region tourism program, on which TRC had also been tourism advisors (Cambodia, China (PRC, specifically Yunnan and Guangxi), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam).

In many ways, South Asia was easier than the Mekong because we were dealing with countries that were used to working together in tourism, and had been cooperating and selling joint packages for decades — whereas in the Greater Mekong, many of them had been emerging from long-term conflicts. We were able to make a lot of headway in the tourism sector in South Asia, whereas other SASEC sectors, such as water resources roads and large-scale infrastructure had a much more complex agenda.

Lumbini emerged as being one of the priority areas in the sub-region for tourism development using a sub-regional rationale, linked, as it is, very convincingly, with the footsteps of the Lord Buddha circuit in India. Of course it is also an incredibly important national tourism site for Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ban pledges support for Lumbini’s development

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2011

KATHMANDU , JAN 25 – Minister for Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Minendra Rijal held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Tuesday.

The meeting primarily dwelled on the development of Lumbini.

Minister Rijal underlined the need for fully recognising the enormous potential and significance of Lumbini as an enduring source of international peace, security and harmony, the bedrock of the UN Charter, according to Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

During the meeting, the Secretary-General mentioned that he was very much impressed by the beauty of Lumbini when he visited it in 2008. He, however, said much remains to be done to preserve the sacred place. Read the rest of this entry »

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