Widy Nur Ahliyah
I remember tweeting how much I really wanted to meet Steven Gerrard’s wax figure in October 2012. A month later, I was at school, and all of a sudden my dad texted me asking if I would love a trip to Thailand later in December. It was pretty much one of my favorite texts. I began to browse tourist attractions in Thailand, and was so thrilled to find out that the only Madame Tussauds Museum in Southeast Asia was located in Bangkok (now it has spread its branch to Singapore too.) Madame Tussauds Bangkok also had Steven Gerrard’s wax figure on display too!
I finally had a trip to Thailand and bought a ticket to Madame Tussauds Museum which cost around IDR 400,000. Madame Tussauds Bangkok is located in Siam Discovery, a shopping center in Bangkok. I didn’t forget to bring my camera to take some photos with the wax figures. Once I entered the museum, everything felt surreal. They looked like real humans or beautiful preserved corpses if I may say, since they couldn’t speak. The details were just indescribable, it felt like I had met them famous people in person already.
There were some sections of the wax figures – A-list celebrities, music artists, sports figures, historical figures, leaders, and so on.
I finally figured that Tom Cruise was as short as people would describe him although he was slightly taller than me back then when I was 16, I got to sit on a sofa with Will Smith, I posed next to Brangelina, I snapped a photo with Nicole Kidman who was standing across her ex-husband’s wax figure, I took a look at how beautiful Kate Winslet was in a red dress, and I greeted Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp. I was really in awe.
There were only Madonna, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears. I expected to see more singers. There were 3 wax figures of Michael Jackson—little Michael, teenage Michael, and Michael who had transformed himself into a Caucasian-looking man. While the rest was extremely great, Justin Bieber’s wax figure didn’t look realistic to me. It didn’t really resemble him, but overall it was a great job. A few weeks ago, Justin Bieber stated that he wouldn’t want to take a photo with anyone that bumps into him anywhere and it also applies to his fans. I think Madame Tussauds is a great option for people who are dying to take a photo with him.
I met Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Muhammad Ali and Yao Ming. Yao Ming was so tall I had to tiptoe to touch his face. The museum provided a Liverpool jersey for anyone who wanted to pose next to Steven Gerrard. The jersey stank and had surely been worn by many, but to share the same top as Gerrard in a picture, I would wear it.
I took a seat on Elizabeth II’s throne, I got to meet Soekarno which was surprising, and he looked different from what I’d always seen on books and TV, I met Barack and Michelle Obama. I think Barack Obama’s wax figure looked nothing like him at all. I met the stunning Lady Diana, her wax figure looked very charismatic let alone the person.
Artists and Scientists
Beethoven, Picasso, and Einstein were on display too and they’re hands down the same as what I’d known.
I think Madame Tussauds Bangkok lacked wax figures of famous people, but that was understandable because they also showed many Thai figures with whom I wasn’t familiar. I spent around an hour in the museum, and I enjoyed being there—it didn’t get stuffy even when it’s so crowded. I was so amazed by their sculptures. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the museum 8.
This museum is a really great place to visit, especially for those who dream of holding hands with or hugging their idols but find it almost impossible to happen. And if you really want to have a photo where you pose next to your idol, you don’t have to bother using photoshop anymore, unless there isn’t a wax figure of your idol yet. I definitely would love to go back, and my next stop is Madame Tussauds London.
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