Nepal's ex-rebels turn deposed king's ancestral palace into museum

The ancestral home of Nepal's deposed monarch has been turned into a museum open to the public, officials said. The mountain palace, at Gorkha about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of the capital Katmandu, is where ex-King Gyanendra's ancestors came from. Gyanendra never lived there but made annual visits for religious ceremonies. However on Sunday, leaders of Nepal's former communist rebels, who won elections last month and are set to lead the new government, traveled to Gorkha and announced that the palace is now a museum open to the public. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) leader Prachanda inaugurated the museum on Sunday, said local police chief Geeta Upreti. Senior government officials were also with Prachanda, who goes by one name only, when he made the announcement.