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 kilometer 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.
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Image: Nepalese policemen stand guard at the main gate of the former royal palace, parts of which were thrown open to the public in Katmandu on February 26, 2009.