Thursday, September 10, 2009

New world-class theme park takes off in Makassar

Residents of South Sulawesi and neighboring provinces in eastern Indonesia will now not need to travel far to enjoy an international-class theme park, they can just head to Makassar.

The Trans Studio, named after the Trans TV network and billed the world's largest indoor theme park, was officially opened Wednesday.

"People need leisure once they've fulfilled their basic tasks," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said at the opening ceremony.

The outgoing Vice President's business group is a part owner of the 2.7-hectare park, along with Jakarta-based media mogul Chairul Tanjung.

Kalla underlined the economic impact of the theme park, which employs 1,000 workers to run the facility.

The Rp 3 trillion (US$300 million) park will eventually have two hotels and a large mall. It already has the largest car park in Indonesia.

The owners expect to get two million visitors each year, drawing not only residents of Makassar, but also visitors from across Indonesia.

Trans Studio boasts 21 different features and rides, including the SpongeBob film in 4-D, and a locally produced musical opera show in its Trans City Theatre.

The theme park is a reflection of the growing affluence of the South Sulawesi community, thanks largely to its huge agriculture industry.

The inauguration was scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2009 - nine being considered a lucky number by many Indonesians.

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