Hue ups ticket prices for visiting monuments and relics

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Starting April 16, admission tickets to the royal citadel and other monuments in the central city of Hue will cost almost twice as much as the current prices, a Vnexpress newswire report last week said.

Tickets to the royal palace, the tombs of Tu Duc, Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Kings for foreign and domestic tourists will increase from VND55,000 ($2.2) to VND80,000 ($4)/pax, and from VND35,00($1.5) to VND50,000 ($2.5) respectively.

Children's tickets will cost VND20,000 ($1).

Ticket prices for other relics, including museums, the Hon Chen and An Dinh palaces and the tombs of Dong Khanh and Thieu Tri Kings will rise from VND22,000 ($1.1) to VND40,000 ($2) for foreigners and VND10,000 ($0.5) to VND30,000 ($1.5) for locals.

Admission will be free for children under 7, students of the central province of Thua Thien Hue, as well as tourist groups with an introduction from the province's People's Committee's chairman.

Phan Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the Hue Relics Preservation Center, said that while ticket prices to other world heritage sites in Vietnam had increased long ago, Hue was still applying the current prices for foreigners since 1993, and for local tourists since 2006.

"The increase is reasonable, for the ticket for foreigners increases from VND55,000,  equivalent to $5 in 1993, to VND80,000, equivalent to $4 at present," said Hai, "We have spent [money] on restoration projects, building new toilets and introduced tramcars for better servives."

The province expects to welcome 2.2 to 2.5 million tourists this year, half of them  foreigners, for a 32 percent increase compared with last year.

It also expects the Festival Hue 2012, to be held from April 7-14, to be a huge draw for tourists.

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