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Nepal reopens quake effected heritage sites to promote tourism

Six heritage sites reopened to bring back tourists as the government worries that the fear of quakes will effect tourism.

By: Associated Press | Bhaktapur |
June 15, 2015 2:03:47 pm
Bhaktapur, Heritage sites, Nepal Heritage sites, Bhaktapur heritage sites, Nepal tourism, Nepal Tourist site, tourist site, Bhaktapur news, Nepal news, Asia news, World news Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Since the recent earthquakes, Nepalese authorities have been criticized for not enforcing building laws and allowing tall and weak buildings to be built. (Source: AP)

Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists.

Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa said six of the seven heritage sites closed after the quakes were reopened Monday.

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The earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed more than 8,700 people. Hundreds of thousands of buildings were damaged, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

About 800,000 foreign tourists visit Nepal every year and the government is worried that the fear of earthquakes will stop many from visiting the Himalayan country.

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