Malati Chowk (National Art Gallery)

built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1707

The Malati Chowk was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1707.  This is the western end of the palace which is the section of the palace and has been converted into the National Art Gallery which contains numerous paintings, manuscripts and stone sculptures.  The entrance to the Gallery is flanked by figures of Hanuman the monkey god and Vishnu as Narsingh. This National Art Gallery was established by government of Nepal, Department of Archaeology in 1960 A.D. at Singha Dhoka building complex of Bhaktapur Royal palace.

Gallery has magnificent collection of ancient Paubha painting and various classic and medieval masterpieces in wood, stone and metal. Being actually housed in the ancient palaces one can also get the chance to marvel the original masterpiece of wall paintings on the walls of the Malla palace. It is housed in a renovated old wing, displays over 200 exquisite paintings from the 13th century on including palm leaf manuscripts, Thankas and restored frescoes decorating the wall of King Bhupatindra private quarter. The gallery is a palace not to be missed while in Bhaktapur

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Bhaktapur (भक्तपुर), About this sound, listen (help·info); literally translates to “city of devotees”), also known as Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa), is a city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves as the headquarters of Bhaktapur District in Bagmati Pradesh of Nepal. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.

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