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Mustang (moo-stahn), one of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, is so isolated and protected that no Westerner set foot inside its borders for centuries. But in the early 1990s, this untouched society set high in the Himalayas opened its borders for the first time, exposing an ancient world’s dazzling sacred relics long damaged by the elements and neglect.
In this remarkable NOVA documentary western conservators are shown helping to preserve a Buddhist temple and its murals using both traditional and modern techniques.
A record 10 million culture-hungry travellers are expected to arrive in Tibet this year, endangering many of the country’s heritage sites, says Tenzin Namgyal, the deputy chief of Tibet’s cultural heritage administration. “The boom will certainly bring wealth, but it will also put the safety of Tibet’s heritage sites to the test. These are often centuries-old mud and wood structures that are extremely vulnerable,” he said. Tibet is home to some 4,277 major cultural heritage sites, most of which are monasteries. Potala Palace, one of the most frequented Tibetan monuments, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The number of visitors to the site has steadily been increasing. This year around 1.3 million travellers are expected to visit the Palace, hundreds of thousands more than last year.
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