Amarbayasgalant Monastery – Mongolia
Amarbayasgalant Monastery was built 300 years ago and is comprised of the remaining 28 of the 40 original Temples. Amarbayasgalant is one of the oldest remaining Buddhist Monasteries in Mongolia and their only structure to be on the World Heritage List’s Tentative List. This Buddhist Monastery represents one of Mongolia’s National Treasures.
Chris’s work involved the development of the fire and life safety strategy to protect the remaining 28 Temples. Working closely with the Arts Council of Mongolia and local Monks, the fire and life safety strategy implements local traditions and building methods, and addresses challenges regarding fire, use of flames in ceremonies, a sub-zero environment and no local fire department. The strategy provided sustainable, cost-effective, integrated solutions to limit the impact on the historic fabric of the Temples, while providing practical solutions to address fire.
Our work also included the development and delivery of a 1 day course on ‘Protecting Heritage from Fire’ to local leaders of Major Museums and Temples in the Capitol, along with a separate course for young monks.