Shopping mall's giant capsule vending machine sets world record

Having already been listed in the Malaysia Book of Records eight times, Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur can now add a world record to its list of achievements.

In conjunction with its 10th anniversary celebrations this year, the shopping centre erected a giant working capsule vending machine on the ground floor near the main entrance.

Initially dubbed the “World’s Largest Capsule Vending Machine”, the claim was made official when Guinness World Records (GWR) adjudicator Jack Brockbank flew in from London to inspect the machine in person.

“This capsule vending machine is truly the first of its kind and without a doubt the largest in the world,” said Brockbank as he presented a Guinness World Record certificate to Berjaya Times Square executive director Koh Huey Min.

According to Brockbank, there was no previous claim for this record so in order to make it official, GWR provided some minimum requirements for the record.

With the assistance of architect Wong Chee Seng, Brockbank spent half an hour inspecting the giant capsule vending machine and the measuring tapes surrounding it.

The machine easily surpassed the requirements, with a total height of 32 feet and three inches (9.8m), a total width of 15 feet and five inches (4.7m) and a capsule container volume of 29.4 cubic yards (26.9 cubic metres).

Koh praised the marketing team, which spent six months conceptualising, planning and executing the project.

“The capsule vending machine was an iconic part of everyone’s childhood and we wanted to evoke that nostalgic feeling in all our shoppers,” said Koh.

The giant capsule machine holds up to 125,000 plastic capsules and is the main attraction for Berjaya Times Square’s Big Ten-rific Bash.

Until Sept 28, shoppers who spend a minimum of RM50 in one receipt can redeem a token for the machine during two redemption sessions daily.

Many attractive prizes await lucky shoppers, including 42-inch LED televisions, Polaroid cameras, iPad minis, spa packages, theme park passes and more.

Berjaya Times Square is also celebrating its 10th anniversary through other exciting promotions such as a lucky draw, Facebook contest and more.

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