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Digital platforms help to save traditional Nepalese homes

Refurbishment boom sustains local culture but sometimes threatens authenticity

Jo Rankine, an Australian photographer, has visited Newa Chen -- a 300-year-old-home-turned-bread and breakfast in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley -- twice since coming across it on a digital platform. (Photo by Sunil Pradhan)

KATHMANDU -- Nepalese architect Prabal Thapa watched with sadness 10 years ago as developers tore down traditional Newari homes near Kathmandu's historic Patan Durbar Square to build high-rises. The houses, which boasted intricately carved latticed windows and courtyards, were associated with the indigenous Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley.

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