Sunday, May 3, 2015

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Invites Super Junior's Siwon to the K-wave Zone Launch

30 April 2015, Hong Kong - Madame Tussauds Hong Kong launched the all-new K-wave Zone as the first wave of its 15th anniversary celebration.  The K-wave Zone, where a total of seven Korean celebrities' wax figures will be on display, is the 10th themed exhibition zone at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and also the first K-pop themed zone in Madame Tussauds museums worldwide.

Choi Siwon, member of popular Korean pop group Super Junior, together with Ms. Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong; Ms. Becky Ip, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board; and Mr. Yu Byungchae, Consul, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, officiated the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong K-wave Zone Opening Ceremony.

(Left to right) Ms. Becky Ip, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board; Ms. Kelly Mak,
General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong; Choi Siwon, member of pop group Super Junior;
and Mr. Yu Byungchae, Consul, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

To ensure that the wax figure made to perfection, a team of professional sculptors specially flew in from United Kingdom to Seoul for a seven-hour sitting process with Choi Siwon. The team even shot over 200 hundred photographs from every angle possible for reference. Part of the process was re-enacted at the ceremony, where the Madame Tussauds team demonstrated how Choi Siwon's measurements of all parts were taken with great precision, as well as colour matching and contrasting of his hair and eyes.

Choi Siwon from Super Junior

The Madame Tussauds production team re-created part of the sitting process with Choi Siwon

Choi Siwon and fans @ Madame Tussauds Hong Kong K-wave Zone opening ceremony
The first to take centre stage are, Kim Soo-hyun, lead actor of the immensely popular series My Love from the Star; "the Kings of K-pop" - U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!; Nichkhun Horvejkul, singer and rapper from boy band 2PM; and Bae Yong-joon, best known for his role in the drama Winter Sonata. Work on Choi Siwon's wax figure is underway and is expected to appear with another Korean star by the end of this year. The opening of this new zone is bound to unleash another wave of frenzy from fans the world over.

Kim Soo-hyun

U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!

K-wave Zone - The passionate Professor Doo Min-joon of My Love from the Star

K-wave Zone - Nichkhun from 2PM

K-wave Zone - Bae Yong-joon
K-wave Zone - U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!

General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Ms Kelly Mak commented: "The Korean wave is undoubtedly surging in Greater China and Asia Pacific, and it is making a huge impact on, if not reigning over, popular culture worldwide. From now on, those who are passionate about Korean culture won't have to travel to Seoul to get up close to their favourite Korean celebrities and enjoy an interactive experience created by advanced technology."

K-wave Zone - Explore the distinctive streets of Myeongdong from day to night
 K-wave Zone - An interactive fashion styling screen lets you virtually try on traditional Korean outfits
 K-wave Zone - A stage with interactive LED screen makes for the perfect setting
to sing and dance with Korean celebrities


Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Shop P101, The Peak Tower
No. 128 Peak Road
The Peak, Hong Kong
10am until 10pm Daily
Hotline: (852) 2849-6966

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