Jokowi's Madam Tussaud wax figure to wear batik
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's wax figure at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will soon be dressed in a batik shirt.
"The batik has been sent from the State Palace; it will probably soon replace the existing white shirt," Tri Tharyat, Indonesian Consul General in Hong Kong, said in Macau on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
In addition to the signature attire, the figure also has an LED screen placed behind the figure, which displays images of Indonesia's tourist destinations.
Jokowi unveiled the figure when he visited the museum in May, which is located in the Peak Tower complex in Hong Kong, where the President aimed to promote Indonesian tourism.
Situated just three steps from the wax figure of Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, Jokowi's wax figure stands in a casual pose depicting him rolling up the sleeve of his shirt.
While the Sukarno wax figure has been around since the museum was renovated in 2005, Jokowi's wax figure represents the only ASEAN leader who is still in office.
The museum is currently working together with the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong by giving 50 percent discount on tickets to visitors from Indonesia.
By showing coupons from the consulate, Indonesian visitors will only have to pay half the regular price of HKD 265 (US$34).
"Since the figure of Jokowi went on display, Madame Tussauds has been increasingly visited by Indonesian citizens," said Tharyat.
According to the consulate's data, as many as 464,406 Indonesians visited Hong Kong in 2016.
Meanwhile, the number of Hong Kong residents who visited Indonesia last year stood at 90,000. (liz/kes)
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