In an effort to cultivate and celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of some of Malaysia’s finest landmarks, Samsung Malaysia has introduced the “Culture Explorer” app that provides virtual access to prominent locations such as the Petronas Twin Towers.
While billed as a “location-based augmented reality application”, Culture Explorer is nothing more than a collection of 360-degree photos inside five heritage landmarks, overlaid with buttons that highlights interesting parts of the photo.
For example, in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, users will see a large portion of the museum, while interesting items are highlighted via orange magnifying glass icons. Tap on those, and a brief description of the highlighted piece.
Currently, only two out of the five landmarks are available to “visit”. The five locations are the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the Stadhuys, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Tuanku Ja’afar Gallery.
There are some useful things hidden within the app. For instance, all five locations have a “General Info” tab that provides the landmark’s address, opening hours, as well as admission fees (if any). You can also find the landmark’s social media pages and website.
The app also plugs into Google Maps’ API, letting you view the location on Google Maps without leaving the app. You can even navigate there by tapping on the “How to get here?” button.
The Samsung Culture Explorer app is now available on Google Play for free.