Chushul: To study old heritage sites and restoring them, a team from Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) Leh led by Dr Sonam Wangchok visited Chushul village in Changthang. Youth Association Chushul organized a meeting on October 27, 2016 to discuss on reviving and restoring the age old cultural heritage.
One among the aims and objectives of the Youth Association Chushul is preserve and promote the valuable traditional cultural and historical monuments of Chushul.
Gyen Takpa Otzer said, “Old stupas in the village were built for protection, blessing and prosperity of the village on specific places selected for the purpose and restoring them is more important than building a new Stupa”. He also appreciated the initiative of Youth Association Chushul and HCHF for support, guidance and collaboration.
Appreciating the initiative and work of Youth Association Chushul, Founder/Secretary HCHF, Dr Sonam Wangchok proposed a week-long “heritage week” at the beginning of next season during that week old monuments will be restored and several other activities like imparting heritage education to villagers and the intangible heritage such as folk songs, music and dances etc. will be revived.
The proposal was accepted by all and was decided to be organized tentatively in May 2017 by the Youth Association Chushul in the collaboration with HCHF and village communities.
Tsewang Phuntsog Kubet, stupa expert highlighted the current state of the old stupas and the restoration possibilities.
President Youth Association Chusul Tsering Gyaltsen said, “the members of Youth Association Chushul approached several organizations in Leh for support and guidance but didn’t have any positive response because of being far away from the main city”. He expressed his gratitude to HCHF for the support and guidance.
President Gonpa Committee, Konchok Tashi, Village head (Nambardar) and members of Youth association were also present.