Bilateral cultural relations
Cultural cooperation has proved very successful in Nepal and is contributing to a high degree to the good reputation of German development work in the country. The Bhaktapur Development Project should be emphasized here in particular, where about 180 historical buildings have been renovated in the years from 1974 to 1986. Furthermore, the Swayambunath Master Plan, which includes the renewal of the technical infrastructure of Swayambunath Hill, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been funded by the German Society for Technical Cooperation, GTZ.
During the 1990s, about 20 historical buildings have been restored within the framework of the Patan Conservation and Development Programme; in Bhaktapur, renovated historical buildings now are home to the Department of Music of Kathmandu University. The most recent project was the restoration of the Tusha Hiti and the Bhandarkhal Tank, exquisite examples of 17th century water architecture, at the Patan Royal Palace in Lalitpur. Another recent project was the restoration of Chhusya Bahal, a small inner courtyard monastery, built in Newar-Buddhist style and located in the heart of Kathmandu.