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S'pore to wax lyrical over its own Tussauds

WHO'S REAL: Ms Schulze (second from left) and Mr Mike Barclay, CEO of Sentosa Development Corporation (fourth from left), with wax figures of Jay Chou, Katy Perry and Kate Winslet at the launch of Madame Tussauds Singapore.


    Dec 10, 2013

    S'pore to wax lyrical over its own Tussauds

    SINGAPORE will soon get its very own Madame Tussauds wax attraction, featuring both historical and contemporary figures from Singapore and South-east Asia, as well as global celebrities.

    It is slated to open in the second half of next year at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa, thanks to a new partnership between Sentosa Development Corporation and Merlin Entertainments plc.

    Merlin is also taking over the management of Sentosa's Images of Singapore (IOS) attraction and will be embarking on a significant investment programme to enhance it to make it more interactive for visitors.

    IOS was first opened in 1983 as the Pioneers of Singapore and Surrender Chambers, and then relaunched in 2005 with its current name. It showcases Singapore's culture and history with the use of multimedia displays and theatre presentations.

    Now it will be further enhanced into an "exciting, contemporary world-class attraction which can be enjoyed by both local and international visitors of all ages".

    The entertainment company is said to have invested over $20 million overall into both projects.

    Ms Meike Schulze, divisional director of Merlin Entertainments plc Midway Attractions in Asia, said: "Asia is currently the most important growth area of the world for Merlin, and we are delighted to...not only rejuvenate and re-establish IOS, but also to bring one of our best-known attractions to Singapore - Madame Tussauds."

    More details on enhancements to be made to IOS, as well as the wax figures to be displayed at Madame Tussauds Singapore, will be revealed next year.

    Madame Tussauds is the world's best-known wax attraction and the Singapore version will be only the second aside from the flagship outlet in London to have a ride incorporated to ferry visitors around.

    A visit to both Madame Tussauds Singapore and the enhanced IOS will likely cost $30.