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Master Plan

The United Nations Development Programme contributed nearly one million dollars for preparation of a Master Plan for the development of Lumbini, including numerous engeering and archaeological studies. The plan, which was completed in 1978, has as its objecive to restore an area of about 7.7 kM2, to be known as the Lumbini Garden, centering on the garden and the Ashoka Pillar, with an additional area of 64.5 km2 to be developed in its support.

UN Secretary General                                Kenzo Tange
Late U Thant

According to architect Kenzo Tange, "the overall intent is to reinforce the symbolic entity of the Lumbini Garden in its simplicity and clarity'.. Development will provide for visitors to Lumbini - pilgrims and tourists - and will also support such complementary activities as residence of monks, research, international meetings and teachings.

 

Master  Plan Map 

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Within the plan for the development of Lumbini Garden, there are three main components:

1. New Lumbini Village

2. The Cultural Centre/Monastic Zone

3. The Sacred Garden

The design is oriented north-south,with Lumbini Village and Cultural Centre north, and the focus of the design - the Sacred Garden - to the. south. On either side of the axis towards its southern end are the monastic enclaves. The entire development is tied together by a central link comprised of a walkway and a canal.

  The design is oriented north-south,with Lumbini Village and Cultural Centre north, and the focus of the design - the Sacred Garden - to the. south. On either side of the axis towards its southern end are the monastic enclaves. The entire development is tied together by a central link comprised of a walkway and a canal.

This central link establishes the solitude and sanctity of the Sacred Garden,with its pillar and spectacular panorama of the Himalaya, and offers pilgrims time and space to prepare themselves as they approach the Sacred Garden.