Regional Update: Asia-Pacific (August 2019)
Buddhist Museum Opens in Mountains of Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s richest man—and the benefactor behind the city’s first Buddhist Art Museum—believes there’s a mystery in a series of ancient manuscripts found at the Pat Sin Leng mountains about 40 minutes north of Hong Kong’s city center.
“There is no guiding algorithm to help us crack those deep practical questions that are central to our lives,” Li Ka-shing said of the new museum at the Tsz Shan Monastery. “I hope Tsz Shan Monastery can be a space for such quiet contemplation and orientations.”
The 24,000-square-foot museum houses the ancient manuscripts, 100 Buddha statues, and 43 hand-drawn sutras (written wisdom) dating back more than a thousand years. The museum tells the story of Buddhism and how it survives its environment as it moves through the course of history.
In addition to seeking a place for reflection, visitors come to see the 249-foot-tall bronze statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin, which towers over the monastery.
New Atlantis to Rise at Sea World Australia
Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP) plans to invest AU$50 million to introduce new attractions and enhance the guest experience at its Gold Coast theme parks.
The centerpiece will be a thrilling New Atlantis land inside Sea World, featuring three multimillion-dollar attractions: an 18-meter-high pendulum swing named “Vortex” (opening in December); a 52-meter-tall spinning tower ride, “Trident” (debuting in April 2020); and the new “Leviathan” wooden roller coaster (December 2020). In a unique move, the last two seats of “Leviathan” will face backward to allow guests to ride in reverse.
“The New Atlantis will be a game changer for Sea World and will become a destination in its own right where our guests can experience the myths, mysteries, quests, and challenges located within this new multimillion-dollar utopian precinct,” says VRTP CEO Clark Kirby, adding the new area will have “sleek, eye-catching, and architecturally aesthetic theming … to take guests on the ultimate Atlantean adventure.”