The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC.
Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.
It is for this reason that the United Nations, together with the government of Nepal created a masterplan in 1972 (as executed by Japanese Architect Kenzo Tange) for the preservation of the site and the creation of sustainable Tourism development.
The Lumbini Development trust was established in 1985 by the Government of Nepal to implement the Lumbini Masterplan and to preserve and enhance the world important Archaeological and religious sites therein.
UNESCO listed Lumbini as a World heritage site in 1997
In 2018, the chief Planner for the Lumbini development Trust , Mr. Er. Saroj Bhattarai granted Planning Permission for the construction of the Peace Sanctuary.
This significant step was re-iterated when the newly formed Consultancy teams of KplusK associates, BIAD Complex structures engineering division and the Arcadis and JRP teams from Malaysia met again with the Chief Planner on site.
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