Entopia, located in Teluk Bahang, Penang made it to the Malaysia Book of Records with its longest green wall measuring 180 metres in length.
Covering an area of 22,217 square feet of Entopia’s facade, the green wall protects its entire building from the hot sun and cool down their building thus lowering their energy consumption, it is planted with a total of 88,868 planting pockets with a variety of 22 species of plants.
The longest green wall took more than a year to complete. The plants help to reduce the carbon footprint and provides aesthetic qualities to their entire building.
“It also serves as a biological filtration system to the major ponds in Entopia.
“In this manner, the water quality of the ponds are also maintained by the green wall without the use of any modern chemical and all of that makes the entire pond-linked filtration system very unique,” said Joseph Goh the chief executive officer of Entopia at the official launch ceremony graced by the Governor of Penang Tun Datuk Seri Utama Abdul Rahman Abbas today.
More than 250 guests were taken on the tour of the world-class facility which showcases a wide range of butterflies, insects and other invertebrates and reptiles.
Also present at the event was Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Datuk Rashid Hasnon, chairman of Entopia David Goh, Teluk Bahnag assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain, Penang Tourism Malaysia director Sani Sham Ahmad, Penang Global Tourism CEO Ooi Chok Yan and Director of Ministry of Tourism & Culture Penang Jonathan Bagang.
The popular tourist attraction has attracted over 5 million visitors since its humble beginnings in 1986.
Among the latest additions to Entopia is the “Dragon Path” which includes horseshoe crab, dragonflies and small reptiles.
The 100,000 sq feet cocoon-like state-of-the-art structure has an open-air area and indoor section with interactive stations for children and adults to partake.
At any one time, there are 15,000 free-flying butterflies in the nature habitat. Some might even fly in to sit on your shoulder or hands.