Visitors impressed by Madame Tussauds Singapore but let down by suspended ride

Ahmad Fadzil, 21, poses for a photograph with a wax figurine of famed boxer, Muhammad Ali. The wax figurine of table tennis player, Feng Tianwei, is on right. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Ahmad Fadzil, 21, poses for a photograph with a wax figurine of famed boxer, Muhammad Ali. The wax figurine of table tennis player, Feng Tianwei, is on right. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Visitors thronged Madame Tussauds Singapore on Saturday, the first day the attraction on Sentosa was opened to the public, but the famous wax museum's local debut was not without a hitch.

A boat ride attraction called Spirit of Singapore was shut down from around 12.30pm due to a technical issue and remained closed for the rest of the day.

Visitors who could not take the four-minute boat ride, however, were given free tickets to visit the attraction again. The ride is expected to be fixed within a couple of days.

Despite the slight let-down, visitors generally said they were impressed by the realism of the more than 60 wax figures featured in the attraction, Madame Tussaud's 18th museum. These include Hollywood actors such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as sports stars such as basketball player Yao Ming and golf legend Tiger Woods. Singaporean figures, from former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his late wife Kwa Geok Choo to singer Stefanie Sun, are also featured.