Icy new attraction opens in Yangon

By Noe Noe Aung
Volume 31, No. 616
February 27 - March 4, 2012

A visitor slides down the slippery dip inside the newly opened Ice Wonder Land at Kandawgyi Park.
Pic: Ko Taik

YANGON’s Kandawgyi Park now has a new attraction – the Ice Wonder Land – the company that built the facility said at a press conference on February 22.

The building, which is at the entrance to Western Park Hotel, was opened on February 25 and features ice statues of world famous buildings, personalities and a small playground.

It was built by Asia Myanmar Consortium Development company and China’s Jian Xi Long Dai Culture Ltd over nearly four months.

“I aim to make this facility attractive to both the public and tourists,” said U Kyaw Khaing, managing director of Asia Myanmar Consortium Development.

“Because Kandawgyi Park is close to Shwedagon Pagoda we anticipate that many tourists will come and have a look at this project, which is the first of its kind in Myanmar,” he added.

Jian Xi Long Dai Culture Ltd has built similar sites in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia.

The building covers nearly 27,000 square feet and the average temperate is below freezing.

“The temperature is from -5 Celsius to -10C,” U Nyein Aung, an Asia Myanmar Consortium Development executive.

Light thermal coats will be loaned to visitors to counter the cold, he said.

“We have also set up a small emergency clinic with a doctor and nurses on standby,” he said, adding that the company had also arranged life insurance for visitors through Myanmar Insurance.

“It will be more enjoyable for visitors if the bring their own gloves and wear shoes, even though we will provide coats for everybody,” U Nyein Aung said.

Entrance fees are K5000 for adults and K3000 for children on weekends and other gazetted holidays, and K4000 for adults and K3000 for children on weekdays. The site will be open from 9am to 9pm.