Built in 1857, the palace served as the principal summer residence of the first and second kings of Bhutan. It is an unassuming structure, lacking the ramparts and protective walls which became standard features of later palaces. Currently, it is unoccupied and can be visited.
Bhutan will observe the international watch day along with 3o other countries to protect hostoric sites around the world
Wangdicholing Palace in Bumthang has been included among the list of endangered monuments in the world by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a New York-based non-profit organization that works to protect historic sites around the globe.
In order to protect the historical monument from further degradation and to bring urgent attention to the cultural heritage site the WMF is funding a program that is scheduled on October 13.
On the day described as the 'World Monument Watch Day,' students of Wangdicholing school will take part in a story telling competition and will walk around Bumthang town talking to the community to gather stories of the palace.
The WMF has committed US $1,000 for the day.
Bhutan Foundation will also take part in the program.
Bhutan Foundation is currently engaged in planning the restoration of the palace to its original form.
Under its first phase, the Foundation is documenting the internal and external measurements and drawings of the palace on paper.
The phase started in July this year.
Bhutan Foundation aims to support diverse projects that relate to conservation, good governance, sustainable development and cultural preservation.
With the inclusion of Wangdicholing Palace as a world monument site, Bhutan will have two monuments under the World Monument list which includes Phajoding Monastery that was enlisted in 2010.
Along with Bhutan, the day will be observed for other monuments around the world like the DesaLingga in Indonesia, JardimBotanicodeLisboa in Portugal and Sawara Festival in East Japan.
The WMF will observe the international watch day in 30 different countries around the world.
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