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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Asian iconic structures to feature at Legoland in Johor

JOHOR BARU: Legoland Park Malaysia in Iskandar, Malaysia, will have miniature replicas of iconic buildings and structures across the region.

The US$200mil park, to be completed in 2012 on a 23ha site, is a joint venture between Merlin Entertainments Group and Iskandar Investment Bhd.

Legoland model designer Elizabeth De Silva (left) with Tim Burnel shorlisting candiates in the competition and interview session.

Merlin Entertainments production director Tim Burnell said the replicas included the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world, and its researchers were currently touring several Asian countries in search of other iconic buildings and structures to be incorporated in the theme park.

“All the structures will be located at Legoland’s Miniland where cities are created and the miniland is part of the theme park,” Burnell told a press conference during the competition and the interviewing session for 84 shortlisted candidates applying to become model shop associates.

He said the theme park would also have famous buildings in Johor Baru, such as the Royal Museum, Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque or the Dataran Bandaraya clock tower.

Other famous structures from the region are India’s Taj Mahal, Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Singapore’s Merlion statue.

Burnell said only six candidates would be selected to attend a 10-week training programme in California or Denmark.

“They will build models or components in the Legoland Model Shop here and will assist the master builders to train 40 others who will join the workshop from November.”

Legoland Malaysia would also establish Asia’s first model shop in the Nusa Cemerlang Industrial Park in Nusajaya by October, he said, adding that the model shop would provide models for Legoland worldwide, including many of the 15,000 models that would make up Johor’s theme park.

There are currently four global Legoland parks – in Billund (Denmark), Windsor (outside London), California and Deutschland (Germany).

By The Star (by Zazali Musa)

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