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Ancient wooden palaces, modern brick and concrete buildings, shoppers, steamed dumpling salesmen, taxis and rickshaws come together in a colorful, chaotic intersection of Kathmandu known as Indra Chowk.<br />
Over the past few years, Kathmandu has undergone a period of rapid urbanization, however throughout this process it has remained curiously unique in its loyalty to its cultural history. The result is a city in which astrologers are consulted about future developments by retail investors, and concrete high-rise buildings haphazardly wind their way around tiny ancient shrines.