It’s a sad irony when even the locals cannot afford the entrance fee to their own heritage sites – but that said, sites like these require revenue to maintain them and so it seems necessary to charge a fee. This story got me thinking about other sites in Southeast Asia that require fees to enter – A day-pass at Angkor is probably the most expensive, at USD20; at Borobudur the price for foreigners is USD10 and in Thailand entry to various sites cost between USD2-6. The entry to Hue is comparable at USD3 for foreigners. I don’t have a problem paying higher fees than locals, but I do wonder sometimes at these sites if the revenue goes to the maintenance of the site or to some higher-up’s pocket.
Hue Citadel visit is beyond means of many Vietnamese
Vietnam Net Bridge, 22 July 2009
Dung works on a stock breeding farm in Nghe An province. His wife is a farmer. Their two children are still in school. â€œUncle Ho taught that Vietnamese people must know about Vietnamâ€™s history,â€ he told us. â€œOur life has been tough, thatâ€™s OK, but my children need to know about Vietnamâ€™s history. Understanding our history is knowing about our culture and origin. Here we are, my daughter and I, standing on the ground of our ancient capital, and in front of a world cultural heritage site. If my daughter fails the exams, she will return home to do farm work and get married. Thatâ€™s all! Perhaps she will not ever have another chance to visit the royal citadel. Iâ€™m determined to get her to see the ancient royal palace, even if I have to borrow money to return home.â€