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by: The Beat Asia
February 03, 2023
The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) has extended the first phase of the "Visiting the Ruins of St. Paul's in Space and Time" virtual reality (VR) exhibition at the Ruins of St. Paul's until Feb. 28.
In a statement on Jan. 13, the IC said the extension was in view of the public's support of the exhibit. The bureau will also adjust the exploration to three sessions per hour from Jan. 16, with each slot open to 10 participants.
This is the first-ever exhibit that showcases a digital reconstruction of the Church of Mater Dei, wherein visitors can "time travel" back 400 years ago to witness the church's former site. It features advanced simulation technologies, namely VR, augmented reality (AR), and autostereoscopy.
Moreover, the exhibit also introduced a WeChat game with the theme "Request from the Priest." This allows participants to make their own virtual character who can visit the ruins online and have the chance to win prizes by completing tasks from the priest.
"Visiting the Ruins of St. Paul's in Space and Time" is free of charge for residents and tourists, although registration is required ahead of time. Children aged between five to 12 years must be accompanied by adults during the VR experience, whereas kids younger than five are advised against using the VR equipment.
Additionally, participants must arrive at the Information Desk of the Ruins of St. Paul's 10 minutes before the VR experience. Those who arrive late will be disqualified and their slots given to the public waiting at the site.
The exhibit is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. You may register here.
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