Egypt celebrates discovery of King Tut’s tomb with discounted ticket prices, festivities across Luxor

Wednesday’s celebration of the 98th anniversary of the discovery King Tutankhamun’s tomb includes ticket discounts to the king’s tomb for Egyptians and foreigners, as well as events across Luxor.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani approved a 50 percent discount on Wednesday for entry to the tomb, which is located in the Luxor Governorate.

Celebrations for the anniversary of the tomb’s discovery will take place all day across the governorate.

Among the festivities planned are the inauguration of several new archaeological projects, art exhibitions, and folkloric performances across Luxor’s various archaeological and historical monuments.

Egyptology researcher Francis Amin said that Tutankhamun’s treasure collection is among the most famous findings from ancient Egypt.

The president of the Egyptian Association for Archaeological and Tourism Development, Ayman Abu-Zeid, said in October that this year’s celebrations are special, as the full collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures will soon be  displayed under one roof at Egypt’s new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

He added that Tutankhamun’s mummy has been encased in a new display gifted to Egypt from Italy, to better protect it from damage.

In addition to celebrating, Luxor’s governor Mostafa Alham will be in and out of several meetings alongside tourism officials to lay down a plan for the city’s upcoming winter tourist season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. The discovery helped to spur further interest in Egypt’s ancient history.

The tomb’s treasures were left neatly intact and untouched by thieves.

The pharaoh’s story and artifacts have captivated the hearts and minds of people around the world since the tomb’s discovery.

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