Taragaon Museum, Kathmandu

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In the compound of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu stands the former Taragaon Hotel, designed by Carl Pruscha in 1970, constructed in 1971/72 and later slightly enlarged. The hotel closed in the 1990s when the Hyatt Hotel was planned. During the Hyatt construction process, 1997 to 2000, the hotel rooms were used by the team that guided and supervised the construction. After 2002 part of the complex was taken over by the management of the Casino.

After almost a decade, the Saraf Foundation expressed their wish to renovate and preserve the Taragaon Hotel and turn it into a Documentation Centre – documenting what artists, photographers, architects, anthropologists and Samskritists from abroad had contributed in the second half of the 20th century to identify, highlight and preserve the cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.

The project will invite all scholars and architects who came to Nepal in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties to write down their personal experience. Emphasis is not on a complete record of publications and projects but on very personal views:

What made people love Nepal, what were the fascinating aspects of research and life in Nepal?

Some 50 people were asked to write short texts. Their work will be demonstrated by displaying publications, maps, original drawings, paintings and photographs as flat exhibits and probably also selected objects. One room will be adapted for the screening of films.

To become a contributor to the Taragaon Museum, or to get involved with The Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions & Culture, you may contact

Roshan Mishra

museumdirect@taragaon.com
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  • The museum is simple and minimalist in a tranquil environment. It has pictures, paintings and sketches of Kathmandu valley and Nepal done by Nepali and international artists. The building is unique wi...  more »
  • There are so many museums and heritage sites in Kathmandu, that everybody knows about but Taragaon is one of its kind. Not many people within the city know about this place but you have to visit it to...  more »
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  • Free entrance plus good environment.
  • I am quite amazed to visit there..feel happy to see ancient building structures maps there..and lot of information are kept there. Perfect palce to visit.
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