Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sibu to have new RM60 mil tourism icon

Sibu is to have a new tourism icon soon in the form of a sprawling Chinese temple complex costing some RM60 million at km26 Sibu/Bintulu Road here.

State Minister of Urban Development and Tourism Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said yesterday the complex, developed by a private investor on a 6.5 hectare site, was now about 70 per cent completed. He said this when launching a 38-seater tourist coach belonging to Metropolitian Travel Services Sdn Bhd, a travel agency of the KTS Group of Companies.

Wong said he was told by the owner during a recent visit that the complex, although catering to those professing the Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian faiths, was also developed as a tourism site, a centre for Chinese heritage rather than a temple.

"It is believed to be the largest if not one of the largest such complexes in Asia. I'm sure that when completed, it will be the new icon for the Sibu tourism industry in particular and for Sarawak as well," he said.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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