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National Palace Museum to raise ticket prices

National Palace Museum to raise ticket prices

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) National Palace Museum (NPM) Director Fung Ming-chu said Wednesday that admission fees to the museum are being increased in response to rising costs and in an effort to maintain quality. The plan to raise ticket prices has been approved by the National Treasury Administration under the Ministry of Finance and is scheduled to take effect on April 15, according to Fung. The price of regular tickets will be increased from NT$160 (US$5.37) to NT$250, while group tickets will cost NT$250 instead of NT$100, including NT$20 for an audio guide, the museum said. The price of discounted tickets for students and military personnel will be raised from NT$80 to NT$150, it said. The admission fees were adjusted in view of rising electricity rates and personnel costs, Fung said, adding that the NPM also wants to control the number of visitors in an effort to maintain quality. Under the Charges and Fees Act, ticket prices should be reviewed at least every three years, she said, noting that the last time the museum raised ticket prices was in 2008. Fung rejected speculation that the increase in the group ticket price was targeting Chinese tourists, saying that group admission to the NPM is low compared with other museums and that in addition to Chinese tourists, the NPM also gets many Japanese visitors. In an effort to avoid deterring Taiwanese visitors, the NPM is considering free admission for students, Fung said. Currently, Taiwan nationals can visit the museum for free after 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Meanwhile, some legislators said that the profits from the restaurants and gift shops at the NPM should be handed over to the treasury. There is a huge discrepancy between the revenues collected and the amount given to the government, the legislators said, according to the Chinese-language United Evening News. The NPM recorded revenues of NT$660 million in 2010 and NT$840 million in 2011 but turned in NT$52 million and NT$23 million, respectively, to the government, according to the report. It also said the NPM gave each of its employees NT$3,000 worth of vouchers last year. Some legislators have asked Fung to hand over the matter to the Control Yuan for investigation, the report said. In response, Fung said she has asked the employees to return the vouchers by March 29, therefore, there is no need for an investigation, the paper reported. (By Cheng Ching-wen and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-03-06 10:49 GMT+08:00