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Legoland Malaysia miniaturizes Asian icons

With 40 rides and attractions, Legoland Malaysia opened over the weekend as the first of its kind in Asia. Here's a look at the new paradise of bricks.

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Grand opening

Legoland Malaysia opened in Johor Bahru over the weekend as a $243 million attraction that includes more than 50 million bricks spread over 76 acres. It's the sixth Legoland and is expected to draw visitors from nearby Singapore and elsewhere, acting as the country's first international theme park.
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Sky-scraping plastic

Reproductions of the KL Tower and Petronas Towers, landmarks of Malaysia's capital, light up the night at Legoland's Miniland, which has a series of buildings scaled at 1:20.
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Twin peaks

Construction workers put the finishing bricks on a Lego reproduction of Kuala Lumpur's famed Petronas Towers, the tallest building in Miniland.
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Fantastic plastic

Two of the many colorful Lego statues at Legoland Malaysia. These celebrate Hari Raya, the end of Ramadan.
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Supermodels

Legoland Malaysia boasts many Lego "models" like these scattered around the park.
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Architectural icons

This elegant structure is a reproduction of Malaysia's famous Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which dates to 1910.
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Lego Merlion

Neighboring Singapore also gets its share of Legoified icons, including the famous Merlion statue.
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Sky-high Ferris wheel

The Singapore Flyer, the world's tallest Ferris wheel at over 540 feet, is also represented at Legoland Malaysia.
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Temple of the Dawn

In Legoland's Thailand section, workers have recreated Wat Arun, a landmark temple in Bangkok that dates to the 19th century.
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Ancient Angkor

Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple, one of the largest religious structures in the world, also gets the Lego treatment at Miniland.
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Lego Taj

A worker fixes up the landscape around a miniature Taj Mahal at Legoland Malaysia. The theme park opened this weekend in Malaysia's Johor Bahru, also near Singapore.

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