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Google Enables Virtual Tour Of 36 Melaka Museums, Galleries

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MELAKA – Thirty-six museums and galleries in Melaka are now accessible via virtual tour through Google, developed by Melaka Museum Corporation (Perzim) and Kezerk Imaging.

Kezerk Imaging director, Paul Koh said through the project, visitors would be able to obtain all information on the museums and galleries via ‘Google Search’ and ‘Google Maps’.

“So far, Internet users could only obtain information on only 10 of the 36 museums and galleries managed by Perzim.

“The 10 museums include the Submarine Museum, Quran Museum and Agriculture Museum, and the information is accessible in two languages, namely Bahasa Melayu and English,” he told reporters after the project launch at Muzium Rakyat (People’s Museum), here, today.

He said the corporate social responsibility project was aimed at preserving the historical, cultural and traditional assets of the country, apart from assisting local and foreign visitors to obtain accurate information conveniently on the various tourist destinations.

The launching ceremony was officiated by state Youth Development and Heritage Committee deputy chairman Datuk Norpipah Abdol, with Perzim general manager Datuk Khamis Abas also present.

Koh said 17,714 pictures including those of the panoramic views of all the museum entrances were captured for the project.

He said Melaka was also the first state to be selected for the virtual museum programme and it would be extended to museums in Penang next.

Meanwhile, Khamis said the programme was expected to assist in the promotion of all museums and galleries managed by Perzim and to increase the number of tourists to these attractions.

“To date, 300,000 paid tourists were recorded at all museums and galleries in the state and we are targeting to hit the one million mark by the year-end.”

He said a similar project would also be carried out with Samsung Electronics of South Korea to introduce the Melaka tourism icon, the ‘Stadthuys’ under its Galaxy Apps.

Also to be featured in the app is the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. – BERNAMA

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