Legoland Asia to feature Angkor Wat

A planned Asian version of Legoland, set to open in the southern Malaysian state of Johor in 2012 will feature a whole series of Asian architectural icons such as Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat’s kinda predictable, I wonder if they would also do Lembah Bujang and Borobudur as well.
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Malaysia’s Legoland to get Asian touch

Straits Times, via the Malaysian Insider, 13 July 2009

In 2012, you might be able to drive across the Second Link to Johor Baru and, in 15 minutes, catch a view of the Petronas Twin Towers, India’s Taj Mahal, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Singapore’s Merlion — all at one go.

If these iconic edifices do pop up, however, they will be a bit smaller than usual. And they will be made up of tiny plastic bricks.

These are the sights being considered at Asia’s first Legoland, which is slated to come up at the Iskandar Malaysia development region in three years’ time.

Unlike the four other Legolands elsewhere — in Germany, England, Denmark and the United States — Legoland Malaysia is expected to boast an Asian theme, giving the familiar world of bricks a touch of local flavour.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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