Proposed increase in entrance fees for cultural zones

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The Inwa Mseum features models of the ancient city Inwa for visitors.

Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture plans to increase the entrance fees for foreigners to two cultural zones — Mandalay Cultural Zone as well as Inwa and Pindaya Cultural Zone — in Mandalay Region, according to Dr Than Htike, Director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum under the ministry.
“Foreigners will be charged a K15,000 entrance fee for Mandalay Cultural Zone as well as Inwa and Pindaya Cultural Zone starting from 1 October. In September, the fee remains K10,000,” Dr Than Htike, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay Branch). Myanansankyaw Golden Palace and Golden Monastery in Mandalay Cultural Zone and ancient buildings of Inwa damaged by earthquakes in Inwa and Pindaya Cultural Zone have been preserved costing millions of kyats, according to the data released by the ministry.
The decision to increase the entrance fees for the above cultural zones comes after the episodes of depreciation of kyat against the dollar and the rental fee for a bungalow at Shwesettaw Mann Creek Elephant Camp in Minbu District, Magway Region will be changed from K30,000 to K50,000 in coming tourism season. — TC/TH

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