Hundreds queue up outside Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Nepal’s Narayanhiti Royal palace,which had been a symbol of the country’s monarchy for decades,was on Friday thrown open to public as a museum....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kathmandu | Published:February 28, 2009 1:10 am

Nepal’s Narayanhiti Royal palace,which had been a symbol of the country’s monarchy for decades,was on Friday thrown open to public as a museum,as hundreds thronged to get the first glimpse of its royal treasures.

The 240-year old Shah monarchy was abolished in Nepal after the Constituent Assembly elections last year and the last king Gyanendra was evicted from the premises,making the Royal Palace a public property.

Hundreds of people queued to enter the palace on the first day of its public exhibition,with half-a-km-long queue at the old palace that houses Tribhuvan Sadan,the site of the royal massacre of June 2001,a palace staffer said.

The entrance ticket costs (Nepalese) Rs 100 for tourists from SAARC countries,for the Chinese it costs Rs 250 and for other foreigners Rs 500.

The Museum complex spreads over 40,820 sq ft of the Narayanhiti complex. The complex includes Foreign Ministry office,Security Division of Nepal Army,Special Security Force and Police Division besides the Museum.

The museum was opened on Thursday by Prime Minister Prachanda,who said it represented victory of the people over feudalism. “I declare open the Narayanhiti Palace Museum,which is the symbol of the victory of people over autocratic monarchy which was the symbol of feudalism,” Prachanda had said.

The museum has valuable items including idols,statues,the royal seat,medals and historic cars,including one gifted to the Nepalese monarch by Hitler.

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