Museum to be built in memory of Victoria Cross recipient Pun

Tul Bahadur Pun

BENI, March 20: A museum honoring the recipient of the Victoria Cross and social worker late Tul Bahadur Pun will be built in his birthplace of Taplang in Begkhola, Myagdi.

The museum will feature medals, uniform and clothes and other items chronicling his life and exploits in war as well as childhood days, his elder son, Arjun Tilija Pun said.

The Pun family had recently donated a ropani of land purchased at a cost of Rs 1.5 million near Kalika Elementary School and handed it over to the school management. The museum is being built over the same land with commitment of support coming from the Pun family itself, their kin and well-wishers.

The total cost of building the museum is estimated to range from Rs 4 to 6 million. Late Pun worked as an employee of the British government and a political activist after his retirement from the British army.

He had lobbied for British government’s support and extended his own personal and institutional support for education, health, development and drinking water access in the alpine areas of Nepal.

The museum will be located along the Beni – Jomsom road stretch allowing domestic and external tourists an opportunity to know about social contribution and war exploits of Pun, who was decorated with the highest honour of the United Kingdom. RSS