LANGKAWI – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today inaugurated the Langkawi Art of Paradise 3D Museum, the second largest three-dimensional art museum in the world.
Located in Oriental Village here, the museum with an exhibition space of nearly 2,000 square metres in a three-storey building is divided into nine zones covering optical illusion, aquarium, safari, interactive 1 and 2, fantasy, classic, Eygptian theme zone, ancient palaces and scenery as well as the Malaysian zone.
The museum which had received recognition as the largest museum of its kind by the Malaysian Book of Records, showcases more than 100 pieces of 3D paintings produced by 23 Korean artists in collaboration with local artists.
Speaking to the media after the launch, Dr Mahathir said the museum was a new achievement in promoting tourism activities in particular at Oriental Village, where the popular cable car service, is located.
“While waiting for their turn to ride on the cable car, visitors may take a look at the variety of 3D paintings available here,” he said.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Mahathir, who is also Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) advisor said, the success of the Malaysian tourism industry was attributed to the creation of products which had attracted visitors to the country.
He said Malaysia had no known ancient civilization like Egypt, which could attract tourists, but the ability to create unique tourism products had made the country, one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Meanwhile, LADA chief executive officer, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said the 3D Museum project took five months to complete and was opened to the public on Jan 31.
According to him, LADA is in the midst of building a chocolate museum and adding more recreational activities in Oriental Village, which attracted about 1.5 million visitors last year. – BERNAMA