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Golden Sands Resort, Penang Creates The Largest Floating ‘Kolam’ In Malaysia

October 17, 2017 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Golden Sands Resort, Penang by Shangri-La today hosted a record-setting event by creating the largest floating kolam (mural) in Malaysia in line with the Deepavali celebrations. On hand to officiate and verify the record-setting attempt were officials from Malaysia Book of Records.
This floating kolam is a unique cultural, artistic and community effort which required days of preparation, design and construction. Although Deepavali is a festival observed by those of the Hindu faith, the largest floating kolam involved the contribution of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Volunteers of this community project hailed from members of Penang Hindu Association and hotel employees from various departments.
The realisation of the largest floating kolam involved days of pasting dried coconut flakes and flowers in accordance with the cut or shapes, and painting them with designated colours for this ornate, multi-hued mural.

Assembled in its proper order like a giant jigsaw puzzle while floating on the resort’s biggest swimming pool, the mural depicts a beautiful peacock with its resplendent tail feathers fanned out and surrounded by 15 lotus flowers in full bloom with 5,000 bulbs of fresh flowers.

It took more than 100 volunteers working for 10 consecutive days, which is equivalent to 110 hours, to complete the project. The kolam measures 638.02 square metres (m2) and floats above 120,000 gallons of water in the resort’s shimmering blue swimming pool.
During the ceremony, a traditional table, or Indian drum, and classical Indian dances were performed to celebrate the successful attempt for inclusion in the Malaysia Book of Records and for the resort being the first in Malaysia to construct the largest floating kolam in the country.

“The project would not be possible without the support and crucial help in terms of time, talent and precision work from voluntary groups comprising the Penang Hindu Association members and hotel staff. This is an effort among the diverse people of Penang and harmony within a multi-racial society. While doing so, we managed to set a record. This is unprecedented in the history of Golden Sands Resort,” said Hotel Manager Noel D’Couto.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 95 hotels with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

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