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Hong Kong, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds, often referred to as a wax museum, has its main branch in London and boasts wax figures in major cities around the world. It was founded by the wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.

Madame Tussaud (Marie Tussaud) was born in 1761 in France under the name Anna Maria Grosholtz. Her mother worked as a housekeeper in the Swiss Bern residence of Dr. Philippe Curtius, a Swiss doctor known for creating wax anatomical models for study. This provided Madame Tussaud with the opportunity to learn the art of wax figure making.

“Settling in London in 1835 and Establishing the Museum”

Madame Tussaud honed her skills and began creating wax figures. In 1835, she settled in Baker Street, London, where she opened the museum. One of the highlights of Madame Tussauds museum in London is known as the Chamber of Horrors, where victims, murderers, and criminals of the French Revolution were exhibited.

“Encounter Various Famous Figures at the Wax Museum”

Starting in London, Madame Tussauds’ wax museum expanded to major cities worldwide. You can also find it in Hong Kong, located in the Peak Tower, which offers a view of Hong Kong’s skyline from Victoria Peak.

At Madame Tussauds museum, you can meet various famous individuals portrayed as wax figures. The level of detail in the wax figures is so intricate that from a distance, they give the impression of real people standing there. At the entrance to the Madame Tussauds museum, you can see two figures on display, and inside the museum, you can meet dozens of famous individuals.

“Encounter Various Celebrities and World-Famous Figures at Madame Tussauds”

At Madame Tussauds museum, you can meet a wide range of famous individuals and celebrities. Especially in Hong Kong, being part of the Chinese-speaking world, you can encounter many figures related to China. So, in the early sections, you’ll encounter many Chinese celebrities.

However, as you progress further, you can also meet globally renowned figures portrayed as wax figures. You can see displays of famous political figures like former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as Queen Elizabeth of the UK.

“Hallyu Stars are Also Present at Madame Tussauds”

It was interesting to see that the influence of Hallyu (Korean Wave) reaches even here, as wax figures of Korean actors were on display. From Kim Soo-hyun, who gained popularity through “My Love from the Star,” to the figure formerly known as Yonsama, Bae Yong-joon, who caused a sensation, and figures of Suzy and members of the K-pop group TVXQ were also present.

However, I found that the wax figures of Korean actors seemed relatively less detailed, which left me a bit disappointed.

“Sports Stars are Also Featured”

Sports stars were not to be missed. You can encounter various sports icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, the renowned football player, tennis player Maria Sharapova, and Chinese basketball player Yao Ming.

There were so many figures on display that it became somewhat overwhelming. Taking photos one by one and moving along, meeting numerous people in one place took quite a long time.

“After the Exhibit, You Can Visit the Souvenir Shop”

As the exhibit comes to an end, it leads to the souvenir shop. Initially, I didn’t have much intention of buying souvenirs, but having come this far, I decided to purchase some as a memento.

“Admission Fees for Madame Tussauds”

Note that purchasing Madame Tussauds tickets online in advance is more cost-effective. You can buy them on the website or through agencies like KLOOK.

You can also purchase tickets on-site, and the on-site prices are as follows:

  • Madame Tussauds Admission Only: HKD 290
  • Madame Tussauds + Peak Tram Round Trip: HKD 460
  • Madame Tussauds + Peak Tram Round Trip + Sky Terrace 428: HKD 459

While the admission fee is somewhat expensive, Madame Tussauds offers a museum worth visiting due to the opportunity to meet figures from various fields, from famous individuals to cartoon characters.

“Hong Kong Victoria Peak, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum”