KUALA LUMPUR: It is like stepping into the mothership of a fleet of spacecraft. State-of-the-art digital displays, 360 degree projectors and interactive visual arts make up Expo Negaraku 2017, currently happening at Dataran Merdeka.
Any visitor who enters into the expo site which looks like a space station from the outside will be wowed, and it is spectacular.
The high-tech expo consists of five domed structures, with each featuring a different theme.
Open from 10am to 10pm, the month-long exhibition which started yesterday, offers visitors a new experience, like never seen before.
In the first dome which is located right next to the entrance, visitors will be entertained by a 7-minute video on the lives of Malaysians and the development of the country.
Visitors will then approach the second dome, which emphasizes infrastructure facilities where they can experience what it is like to drive a high speed train, engage in air traffic control or take a virtual train ride around the country and get a glimpse of the cities of tomorrow.
The third dome is all about life and wellbeing of Malaysians. In this dome visitors will have a chance to explore what Malaysia has achieved up till today and how it has moved from one era to another with Malaysians living in peace and harmony.
Also in this dome, lucky visitors may even get the chance to speak directly with the country’s top leaders, including the prime minister, who will be making “live” calls at random; all they need do is pick up one of the 20 telephone sets that ring.
At the fourth dome, which is called the ‘Lifestyle’ dome, visitors are entertained with lots of interactive visuals regarding the modern infrastructure in Malaysia, panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur from the Menara PNB118, a 118-storey building that is set to be the tallest in the country when completed, and explore the diverse culture which Malaysia has to offer.
Meanwhile, the last dome features the future of Malaysia where a 360 degrees visual display is projected onto the ceiling of the dome, containing Malaysia’s vision of its future. The fifth dome is also the largest dome out of the four, spanning 30-metres in diameter.
The fun however, is not limited indoors, as there are also futsal courts and a go-kart arena set up outside the domes. Food trucks offering a variety of dishes are also available.
According to Expo Negaraku operations director Fadzmel Fadzil, hundreds of high-tech projectors are being used in the expo.
He said the expo is a one of a kind and will surely amaze any visitor. Therefore, he urged the public to come and take a look for themselves.
An estimated 500,000 people are expected to attend the expo. Admission is free.
The Expo Negaraku 2017 is a collaboration between the Economic Planning Unit with the Transport Ministry; Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry; Telekom Malaysia; National Film Development Corporation; and Kuala Lumpur City Hall. – Bernama