The Hanumandhoka Durbar Museum Development Committee has opened two ancient courtyards, Mohankali Chowk and Sundari Chowk, in the Hanumandhoka Durbar in Kathmandu for the public, coinciding with the New Year 2012.
Hundreds of Nepali and foreign visitors flocked to the ancient courtyards as they were opened for the public on Sunday.
The Mohankali Chowk was built during the rule of then king Pratap Malla where important meetings would be held. It has intricate woodcarvings and stone carvings. Similarly, the Sundari Chowk also has artistic wooden and stone carving.
The committee said the ancient courtyards were opened for the public to make them aware of their importance.
The Hanumandhoka Durbar square is one of the eight places in the country listed under the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites