JOHOR BAHRU, 24 Sept – Johoreans are proud to add another tourist attraction in the state – an RM8 million dragon tunnel at the Che Ann Khor Moral Uplifting Association grounds in Taman Kota Impian Yong Peng, Batu Pahat.
At 115 meter (m), it is the largest and longest dragon tunnel in the world.
Launched by His Majesty, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar in November 2017, the dragon has been pulling in the crowds, both local and foreign.
The gigantic dragon tunnel is more than just boosting the tourism industry in this southern state.
Aptly dubbed as the “Prosperity Dragon” it is adorned with Chinese cultural and religious paintings and is a symbol of prosperity for Johor.
The 107m long beautifully crafted structure is between 3.6m and 4.8m high and has 144 steps inside. The belly of the dragon is fully air-conditioned and can accomodate 500 people.
Everything about the structure is related to number nine – which represents prosperity and luck for the Chinese community.
Ancient Chinese folklore has it that people who enter from the dragon’s mouth and exit from its tail will enjoy good luck and will be able to ward off evil.
The fortune dragon in Yong Peng is the first of its kind in Malaysia and has drawn tourists from as far as New Zealand, the United States of America, Australia, India and is also very popular with Singaporeans.