Nepal's Narayanhiti Royal palace, which had been a symbol of monarchy for decades was on Thursday converted into a public museum by Premier Prachanda, saying it represented victory of the people over feudalism.
"I declare open the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, which is the symbol of the victory of people over autocratic monarchy which was the symbol of feudalism," Prachanda said at a function attended by ministers, Parliament members, government officials, diplomats and other distinguished people.
"Now the process of institutionalising republican system by eliminating the remains of feudalism has started." The 18th century royal palace would be thrown open for the general public from Friday.
This is a happy occasion as well as emotional moment for me as thousands of people have sacrificed their lives to abolish monarchy and open the Palace for the general public, Prachanda observed.
Today marks the victory of the great Nepalese people, and a new era has started, he said.
Tribhuvan Sadan, where the infamous June 1, 2001 Royal Palace massacre in which entire family of King Birendra was slain, took place, would be thrown open for public in the first phase.