Quake-hit Nepal reopens damaged heritage sites for tourists

Quake-hit Nepal reopens damaged heritage sites for tourists

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal: 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.

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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