Murals come alive in Taiping, thanks to augmented reality

The train mural outside the restroom in Jalan Sultan Mansor.

TWO murals in Taiping have “augmented reality” features, enabling them to come alive on smartphones.

Taiping Municipal Council president Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir said the two murals were on the wall of a restroom building in Jalan Sultan Mansor as well as Taiping Zoo and Night Safari.

“The mural at Jalan Sultan Mansor features a train while the mural at the zoo features a tiger, hornbill and milky stork.

“The murals have a QR code which users can scan to make the murals come alive.

“We hope the murals will help attract more visitors to Taiping,” he said during the launch of the Taiping Heritage Art Trail at the zoo.

He added that the heritage art trail was commissioned in conjunction with Taiping’s 150th anniversary next year.

It features nine murals in total, all with a heritage theme.

“The other murals include an ultraviolet one at the Taiping Municipal Gallery as well as murals of a postman near Jalan Taming Sari, famed aviator Amelia Earhart at Jalan Abdul Jalil and a Sumatran rhinoceros and gaur at the zoo,” said Khairul.

He said the local council had targeted a million visitors to the zoo this year, compared to 967,739 last year.

“A total of 842,722 people visited the zoo during the day and 125,017 went to the night safari in 2021,” he added.

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