Published on : Monday, February 6, 2017
The Narayanhity Palace, the palace of Nepal’s former king, welcomed over 2.3 million visitors from Nepal and abroad in 2016. The Palace has been turned into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum last year, chief of the museum Rohit Kumar Dhungana said.
“Altogether 1.13 million people and 995,549 students from Nepal; 130,188 visitors from the SAARC countries and China; and 55,224 tourists from the east of the world visited the museum till the end of last year,” Dhungana said.
The royal palace was turned into Narayanhiti Durbar Museum in 2009 after monarchy was abolished and Nepal declared a republic in 2008.
The palace with an area of 30 hectares, in the heart of Kathmandu, was built in 1886 as a residence and workplace for a reigning monarch.
It had housed five kings, the last one King Gyanendra, moved out of the palace after Nepal was declared a republic.
According to Dhungana, the museum earned revenue of US$1.947 million in this period from entry tickets.