Season 30, Episode 6 Lost Treasures of Tibet

First Aired: February 18, 2003

Following restorations to 15th-century Buddhist monasteries in the Himalyan kingdom of Mustang, a Tibetan enclave in present-day Nepal. “The Buddha says that everything is impermanent,” notes cleric Sakya Trizin, and that includes Thubchen, a royal monastery in Mustang's capital, LoManthang. Leaks from the roof are wreaking havoc on artwork on the walls (which also haven't been cleaned in centuries). Restoration techniques similar to those used in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel are applied by a team led by British architect John Sanday, who worked on restorations at Angkor Wat. But local residents don't trust the Westerners' motives. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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