The training on Stupa building & Conservation organized by Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) supported by Ministry of Tourism & Culture Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir was celebrated on 14th November,at Chemday Monastery.It was a 20 day training in which CEC,LAHDC,Leh Rigzin Spalbar was the chief guest on the occasion. During the workshop 20 masons from different villages were trained in Chorten building by Gyen Paldan Sonam of Lehdo and Tsering Tundup Tsamskanpa of Choglamsar, two of the leading Chorten architects in the district contributing in preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. During the workshop, the group of trainee masons renovated a stupa of Changchup Chorten near Chemdey monastery. CEC,Spalbar congratulated the organizer especially Dr. Sonam Wangchok, Secretary HCHF for his visionary initiative and selfless contribution towards the progress of the society and the region. CEC stressed on renovating and preserving old, ancestral chortens build with incredible faith and blessings rather than going for building new ones as they speaks of our cultural identity and are heritage not only for us but for the world and generations to come. CEC urged govt., NGOs, LBA, Gonpa Association and people’s representatives at different levels to work jointly in preserving the important historical heritage sites and further asserted, “The ancient chortens have been neglected by the Ladakhis despite realizing their historical, cultural, emotional and religious values but tourism once again brought in light the significance of the age old chortens and the need to preserve them through renovation. This workshop is the foundation step and in coming times we need to undertake more of such works by initiating movements and generating awareness among the common people.” CEC in his speech also made a request to have library in every govt. and private schools and to have books on chortens varying in levels of difficulty and translated in English and hindi languages, so as to educate the coming generations about the importance of chortens and to generate interest in our heritage. The President HCHF, Prof Gyshe Konchok Wangdus, Secretary HCHF Dr. Sonam Wangchuk also spoke on the occasion highlighting the activities and achievements of HCHF and others who delivered speeches were Councilor Sakti Gyal Wangyal, AD Tourism Sonam, Tsering Tundup Tsamskanpa of Choglamsar and trainee Gyen Nawang Yarphel. Others present on the occasion were scholar Thupstan Paldan, Councilor Upper Leh Gyen Nyantak and monks and people of Chemdey village.