US Consul General Gregory Macris virtually attended the closing program of the project at the monastery in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He said that the US Mission based in Pakistan is committed to preserving places of cultural importance all over Pakistan with the help of local partners.
Peshawar, Pratr. Pakistan and the United States have jointly completed the renovation of the Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist monastery. Located in North West Pakistan, this monastery has been renovated under the Cultural Protection Project, which has cost two lakh 30 thousand dollars (about 1.72 crores). US Consul General Gregory Macris virtually attended the closing program of the project at the monastery in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the American Mission in Pakistan is committed to preserving places of cultural importance throughout Pakistan with the help of local partners. The site is considered one of the most influential relics of Buddhism. The humanitarian and facilitator organization HAFO received a US grant to preserve Takht-e-Bahi’s two-stage project.
The institution completed the renovation work
Working closely with the Directorate of Archeology and Museums Museum Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, HAFO completed the second year in the preservation work of living quarters of Buddhist priests compared to the previous year. During phase one, HAFO received a grant of four million dollars to preserve Block-B of the monastery from 2017 to 2019.
The conservation project provided training and employment to dozens of skilled and unskilled workers. It also promoted local and international religious tourism, with hundreds of tourists visiting the monastery every week. During the project, the HAFO made hundreds of students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa make their visits to the monastery, educating them about the history of the Buddhist monastery and the importance of conservation efforts.