BY: Aida Aziz
IPOH: The first Dinosaur Park in Perak will be developed at Gunung Lang Recreational Park, covering an area of six acres.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin, said the construction of this park will make it the seventh of its kind in Malaysia, following those in Penang, Genting, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Melaka, and Tuaran.
He added that one of the unique features of this upcoming park is that it will be the first one located in an eco-park and within the Geopark Lembah Kinta area.
“The construction of the Dinosaur Park at Gunung Lang will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will commence as soon as all plans are approved, and the construction period is estimated to take between six to eight months.
“The approximately six-acre area will include 30 static and animatronic dinosaurs, as well as a 2,500 square feet learning centre.
“It will be able to accommodate up to 100 students at a time and will provide knowledge about habitat, palaeontology, and information about dinosaurs. Additionally, there will be souvenir shops,” he said.
He made these statements during a media briefing after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Proposed Construction of the Dinosaur Park at Gunung Lang Recreational Park with PEBEC Berhad on Friday.
Also present were the Chairman of PEBEC Berhad, Norali Nordin, and the Principal Consultant of PEBEC Berhad, Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin Tunku Datuk Seri Adnan.
He further stated that the estimated cost for the construction of the park is RM7 million.
“The first phase is expected to begin next year in conjunction with Visit Perak Year, and it will be completed within six to eight months.
“The second phase will start within one year from the opening date, depending on the response.
“It will include a 3D/4D theatre and a water play area,” he added.
When asked why Gunung Lang was chosen as the location for Dinosaur Park, he explained that it is a top search result on Google Maps for both domestic and international visitors.
“In addition to attracting domestic visitors, it also garners interest from countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia. According to Google Maps, Gunung Lang is among the top five popular parks in Malaysia.
“In just one month, between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors come to Gunung Lang, and with this addition, it will undoubtedly attract even more visitors,” he said.