$3.2m dragon attraction opens in Johor

YONG PENG (THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 106.9m-long dragon tunnel, dubbed the Prosperity Dragon, is the latest tourist attraction in this small southern Johor town.

Vying for a place in the Malaysian Book of Records as the biggest dragon tunnel in the country and potentially clinching a world record too, the celestial structure sprawls on more than a hectare of the Green Garden of Che Ann Khor Yong Peng Association grounds at Taman Kota Impian here.

Costing RM8m (S$3.2m) and three years to build, the interior of the hollow dragon structure is adorned with Chinese cultural and religious paintings.

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar launched the dragon tunnel yesterday.

He was accompanied by his son Tunku Temenggong Tunku Idris Iskandar at the event which was also attended by 5,000 local and foreign visitors.

Sultan Ibrahim planted a tree at the site.

HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor, officially opened the world’s longest replica of a Fortune Dragon and Chinese Recreation Park in Yong Peng, Batu Pahat today (12th Nov). Also present was Tunku Idris, the Tunku Temenggong Johor. The RM6 million project by the “Che Ann Khor” Moral Uplifting Association is destined to become a major tourist attraction in Johor. The 351ft (107m) long beautifully crafted structure is between 12ft (3.6m) and 16ft (4.8m) high and has 108 steps inside. The belly of the dragon replica, which is fully air-conditioned and can sit 500 people, is adorned with Chinese paintings and sayings. Ancient Chinese folklore has it that people who enter from the dragon’s mouth and exit from its tail, will enjoy good luck and be able to ward off evil. . . DYMM Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar berkenan merasmikan replika "Naga Sejahtera" yang terbesar di dunia dan Taman Hijau di Yong Peng, Batu Pahat hari ini (12hb Nov). Turut mengiringi Baginda adalah Tunku Idris, Tunku Temenggung Johor. Projek bernilai RM 6 juta tersebut dibangunkan oleh Persatuan Memperbaiki Akhlak Che Ann Khor. Ianya bakal menjadi pusat tumpuan utama pelancong di Johor. Struktur berukuran 351 kaki (107m) panjang dan di antara 12 kaki (3.6m) hingga 16 kaki(4.8m) tinggi, mempunyai 108 anak tangga di dalamnya. Replika naga ini yang dilengkapi dengan penghawa dingin boleh menampung 500 orang di dalamnya. Ia juga dihiasi dengan lukisan dan pepatah bahasa Cina. Masyarakat Cina percaya, apabila seseorang masuk ke dalam mulut naga dan keluar dari ekornya, ia akan memberi tuah dan dihindari kejahatan. #sultanibrahimofficial #sultanjohor #royaljohor #muafakatbangsajohor #sultanjohordanrakyatberpisahtiada #jdt

HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor, officially opened the world’s longest replica of a Fortune Dragon and Chinese Recreation Park in Yong Peng, Batu Pahat today (12th Nov). Also present was Tunku Idris, the Tunku Temenggong Johor. The RM6 million project by the “Che Ann Khor” Moral Uplifting Association is destined to become a major tourist attraction in Johor. The 351ft (107m) long beautifully crafted structure is between 12ft (3.6m) and 16ft (4.8m) high and has 108 steps inside. The belly of the dragon replica, which is fully air-conditioned and can sit 500 people, is adorned with Chinese paintings and sayings. Ancient Chinese folklore has it that people who enter from the dragon’s mouth and exit from its tail, will enjoy good luck and be able to ward off evil. . . DYMM Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar berkenan merasmikan replika "Naga Sejahtera" yang terbesar di dunia dan Taman Hijau di Yong Peng, Batu Pahat hari ini (12hb Nov). Turut mengiringi Baginda adalah Tunku Idris, Tunku Temenggung Johor. Projek bernilai RM 6 juta tersebut dibangunkan oleh Persatuan Memperbaiki Akhlak Che Ann Khor. Ianya bakal menjadi pusat tumpuan utama pelancong di Johor. Struktur berukuran 351 kaki (107m) panjang dan di antara 12 kaki (3.6m) hingga 16 kaki(4.8m) tinggi, mempunyai 108 anak tangga di dalamnya. Replika naga ini yang dilengkapi dengan penghawa dingin boleh menampung 500 orang di dalamnya. Ia juga dihiasi dengan lukisan dan pepatah bahasa Cina. Masyarakat Cina percaya, apabila seseorang masuk ke dalam mulut naga dan keluar dari ekornya, ia akan memberi tuah dan dihindari kejahatan. #sultanibrahimofficial #sultanjohor #royaljohor #muafakatbangsajohor #sultanjohordanrakyatberpisahtiada #jdt

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The spectators were entertained to a lion dance by 99 lions and also a dragon dance performance.

State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the dragon would attract more tourists to the district and boost the state's economy.

"This dragon is a symbol of prosperity for Johor and I hope Green Garden will become an iconic destination.

"The 24 paintings portray the teachings of the Buddha on honouring and obeying parents and another 18 paintings depict the afterlife," he told reporters during a media conference yesterday.

Visitors have to pay a minimal entry fee to enter the "dragon's body" which is an air-conditioned tunnel to view the paintings.

"Everything about this structure is related to the number nine, which represents prosperity and luck for the Chinese community.

"Inside, there are 108 stairs and the length of the dragon is 315ft. Both figures add up to the number nine," Datuk Tee added.