Our Saudi friend Amal suggested we visit Landmarks Park. A friend of hers sent her a Snapchat of the place and she thought that it would be a great feature in The Pink Tarha. First and foremost, who’s a Snapchat user? I’m not, that’s why I was confused: among all the other messenger apps in a smartphone, there’s one more?! Apparently Snapchat is really popular among Saudis. Anyway, I’m thankful because it gave us a preview of Landmarks Park which I was also clueless up to last week. Thanks Amal and friend! 🙂
We were pleasantly surprised when we visited the park the other night. The Landmarks Park reminded me of Mini Siam which we visited in Pattaya, Thailand last 2013. It features miniature versions of popular landmarks, tourist spots and buildings in the world. Wow, imagine going around the world in an hour or less/more depending one how fast you’ll walk and take pictures. No need to pack your bags, make itineraries and book flights to see the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Great Pyramids, and Taj Mahal! And most important of all, no need to apply for an exit-re-entry visa to go out of Saudi Arabia! Less hassle! Haha! They’re all here in Riyadh! Yey! Oh well, who am I kidding? Of course I want to see all of those beautiful landmarks personally but since I’m broke, I’m contented with seeing them in their mini versions. For now. Haha!
The entrance ticket is SR 10 per person. It’s open for families and ladies from Wednesday to Sunday and for gentlemen on Tuesdays. It’s closed on Mondays for maintenance. It opens after the maghreb prayer which is a good thing because have you felt the hot weather during the day? Reaching 50 degrees at noon, OMG! But during the night, the weather is more forgiving thus more appropriate for a walk or a picnic in Landmarks Park. Yes, you can sit in the grass areas and enjoy a simple and quick meal with your families and friends. I’m happy to note that Landmarks Park is one of the cleanest parks that I’ve ever seen in Riyadh (I hope it stays that way).
Stop right here if you want to be surprised at what you’ll see in Landmarks Park. ***spoiler ahead*** But if you want to know what’s in there before you go then go on and read this walkthrough…
The Eiffel Tower welcomes everyone in the park. It’s the first thing we saw when we entered. There were fairly a handful of visitors with us; few enough that we got to enjoy each landmark on our own (meaning, walang photobombers masyado, hehe).
After this, you have the option to go to the right or left. I suggest you go to the right first where most of the miniatures are.
As you can see, the park needs more lighting haha! Even the works of art need more and proper lighting. It would have helped highlight the astonishing details of the landmarks. They mostly used rocks and marble and they paid attention to details.
I’m so happy to see famous landmarks of Istanbul. It brought me back to memories of Turkey.
The Blue Mosque needs more lighting. As my brother pointed out, it would have been better to put some small lights inside the “buildings” so that they cast a wonderful glow from within. The windows which were probably painstakingly made would serve their purpose.
Most of the miniatures are familiar to me but there are some which are not, like this one. Good thing, there were signages per miniature where we can read about the featured structure. Although I didn’t really pay attention to the signs because my head hurt from wanting to edit them. Haha!
Most of the ones in front are structures that can be found in other countries. At the back area are more familiar structures to us who live and work in Saudi Arabia. Squeal when you see Riyadh’s iconic buildings and towers! Haha!
Featured too are the King Khaled International Airport, the Grand Mosque, the Broadcasting Tower, etc. And then we came to this tower… I wasn’t sure what came to me to think that this is already the Burj Khalifa. We took pictures and went our way… until we saw the Burj Khalifa miniature on the other side of the park. So what is this then?!
Well, this is the one-kilometer building being constructed in Jeddah. When it’s built, it will be the tallest tower in the world! They pegged the opening of this tower to be 2019. Wow!
This is the last structure on the right side of the park. We got back to the Eiffel Tower and went to the left side. We saw this curious looking rock and we were gawking at it like crazy thinking what it could be. Hmn, an iceberg? A famous sculpture? It looked out of place! Haha!
Turns out it’s Mount Everest! Haha! The tallest mountain on earth and we can’t even decipher it. Haha!
And this is my most favorite structure in the park…
I love how the Taj Mahal is located in an ideal area of the park. And how they made an effort to make it look like the real thing with the pool in the middle. They used white marble and placed intricate details:
So there you have it… the world (or parts of it) in less than 60 minutes via the Landmarks Park. Haha! If you ever get hungry or thirsty, there’s a store at the end of the park (near the Burj Khalifa). I hope that they keep the park clean and they really take care of the miniatures. It’s an interesting park and while the miniatures might not be at par with the better ones outside KSA, they’re good replicas. The park is still worth a visit because who knows that Riyadh has something like this? It’s an effort that deserves a chance. Your kids will love this and they will learn loads (only if you’re the one to explain to them what these landmarks are)!
Nasir Ar Rajihi, Al Mughrizat,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ticket Price: SR 10
MAP: Click here.