Snow in Malaysia? Yes, it's possible. Take the kids to Snowalk at i-City for something completely different.
This is a technology park located on the outskirts of Shah Alam. At night the place comes alive with an amazing forest of man-made trees brightly illuminated with millions of colourful LED lights.
They call this the City of Digital Lights.
For children it is a fairytale wonderland and even for middle aged guys like me the effect is very impressive.
Next to the forest of lights is Snowalk which is an indoor snow park where visitors can escape from the tropical heat for a while and experience 5 degree temperatures. For some Malaysians who have never seen snow before it is a novel experience. If you are from Canada or Russia you will be less impressed but it is still worth a visit.
Inside Snowalk you will find igloos, ice houses, slides, a mini-bobsled run, snowmen, ice penguins, a bar made of ice (no drinks served), various ice sculptures and plenty more LED lights.
Warm jackets are provided (included in the entrance price). Trousers and boots can be rented at additional cost.
Back outside in the warm air there are other attractions at i-City. These include a reptile house, Laser Warzone (a laser tag game), amusement arcade/indoor funfair games,souvenir shops, food stalls, shops, a full size cinema screen (showing some Van Diesel film during our visit) and a range of restaurants.
There was a giant Xmas tree and a few reindeer made from LED lights and some Chinese New Year lanterns hung across the street even though our visit was in June. It would definitely be best to visit this place at Xmas to soak up the seasonal atmosphere but even in June it was packed with visitors (though it was a school holiday).
Here is a great video of iCity made by talented local filmmaker, Nick Josh Karean.
I revisited iCity in February 2013 to check out the new attractions.
Other new attractions include:
- a Giant Ferris Wheel 100m tall. RM10.
- the Spacewalk which is an elevated rail ride through the Enchanted Forest of digital lights. RM20 per cable car (holds two people).
- the Double Decker, the largest 2-Tier Carousel in Malaysia. RM5.
- the Pirate Ship. RM5 (must be 120cm and above).
- Super Swing. RM5 (120cm and above).
- Bumper Cars. RM5 per car (ages 4 - 12).
- Circus Travel. RM5.
- Happy Train RM5.
- Castle Mania. RM5.
- Mini Bee Spinner. RM5.
There is also a '6 D Motion Theater' with simulator effects such as leg ticklers!
Another new attraction which opened in August 2013 is Red Carpet Wax Museum, a glitzy collection of waxwork figures of famous celebrities from the world of showbiz and politics. I' recently visited this new exhibit and here is my review.
Here is a video of the SpaceWalk ride:
Snowalk opens from 10am - midnight on weekdays and until 1am on weekends / public holidays / school holidays.
Obviously the digital lights only come on after dark (7pm onwards).
Entrance Fee (2014 Ticket Prices)
There is no entrance fee to see the City of Digital Lights.
Before 6pm: RM30 per adult and RM25 per child (MyKad RM 20 and RM15 respectively).
After 6pm: RM35 per adult and RM30 per child (MyKad RM 25 and RM20 respectively). Family package (2 adults + 2 kids) RM 125 for foreigners and RM 85 for MyKad holders.
This fee includes rental of a jacket. Child rates apply to ages 3-12.
From 6am - 6pm: Mon-Fri RM1, Sat, Sun, Public Holidays RM 1 for first two hours and Rm 1 per hour thereafter (max RM5).
From 6pm to 6am: RM10
Their hotline is +603 5521 8800 for more details.
How to get there
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