Virtual Reality project to bring past alive at Ruins of St Paul’s Link copied
Hi-tech scheme at city’s most famous landmark to be rolled out by end of December; New Year’s Eve countdown to take place after two-year hiatus.
Plans are in hand to bring the past alive at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ruins of St Paul’s with a high-tech virtual reality (VR) project.
Cultural Affairs Bureau President Leong Wai Man said that the VR will enable visitors to experience the interior and exterior of the original Church of St Paul, and will include various historical figures.
The VR will be available in a designated area behind the Ruins of St Paul’s, where participants will need to wear a VR headset for a simulated experience, Leong said.
Leong underlined that the bureau is now preparing the launch of the VR project, aiming to roll it out at the end of this year.
The Church of St Paul, one of Macao’s best-known landmarks, was built by the Jesuits in 1637-40. It was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in January 1835.
Leong also said that the government is planning to resume its annual New Year’s Eve countdown this year on 31 December.
The city’s New Year’s Eve countdown was cancelled in 2020 and last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leong said yesterday that after careful assessment, the government has concluded that this year’s New Year’s Eve countdown can be held again, adding that her bureau is now preparing the event.
Leong also said that in addition to local singers, the bureau will also invite counterparts from mainland China and Hong Kong to join the countdown event, The Macau Post Daily reported.