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Jay Chou statue the latest addition at wax museum in Bangkok

2012/07/11 18:22:51

Bangkok, July 11 (CNA) A life-sized wax figure of award-winning Taiwanese singer Jay Chou was unveiled at a world famous wax museum in Bangkok Tuesday.

The latest wax figure of the Taiwanese megastar, who topped Forbes' 2012 China Celebrity 100 list, shows him wearing an asymmetrical navy blue jacket and posing with a microphone in his left hand.

"Unfortunately he couldn't be here with us today, but he will be with us shortly," said Paul Williams, general manager of Madame Tussauds Bangkok, before the figure of Chou was revealed.

Williams said the museum does daily surveys and gets visitor feedback on the personalities visitors would like to see at the museum, and Chou was high on the list.

"Jay Chou's a very popular and important figure in Southeast Asia, so it's just perfectly natural that our customers want to see him here in Bangkok," Williams said.

"He (Chou) is very happy. Being in Madame Tussauds is a measurement of your fame. Means to say that once you're in Madame Tussauds, you are famous."

Madame Tussauds, a London-based wax museum with 14 branches worldwide, first showcased a waxwork of Chou at the museum's Hong Kong branch in 2006 and added one at its Shanghai museum in the same year.

Williams noted that while there are wax figures of Chou elsewhere, the one in Bangkok is unique because its sculptors made slight alterations in accordance with Chou's physical changes over time.

Williams said the wax replica took four to six months to make and cost about NT$8 million (US$267,300).

According to the Bangkok museum's official website, Chou's wax statue will be placed alongside other A-list celebrities in an advanced and interactive setting where guests can pose and "perform with them."

(By Namita Lin and Liu Shih-chun)