“It seems to show the downfall of Hong Kong” … Famous floating restaurant ‘Jumbo’ sank while towed

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Hong Kong’s floating restaurant ‘Jumbo’, which was recently reported to have sunk during towing in the South China Sea, is being moved out of Hong Kong Port on the 14th. AP Yonhap News

Foreign media such as the Associated Press reported on the 21st that the floating restaurant ‘Jumbo’, a famous tourist attraction in Hong Kong, was overturned in the South China Sea less than a week after it left Hong Kong on the 14th and was towed.

Aberdeen Restaurant, the operator of Jumbo, announced, “The situation worsened while passing the Sisa Islands (Paracel Islands) in the South China Sea on the afternoon of the 18th, and after the Jumbo began to fill with water, the boat tilted.” “The towing company tried to solve the problem, but unfortunately, the jumbo capsized on the 19th,” he said. The company said, “It is very difficult to salvage as the site’s water depth is more than 1,000 meters.”

Jumbo, which is about 76 meters long and can accommodate 2,300 guests, is the world’s largest floating restaurant established in 1976 by Macau casino tycoon Sranley Ho. The design reminiscent of a palace in the Ming Dynasty made tourists go crazy, and as it has been in operation for over 40 years, it has become a must-do for Hong Kong tourism. Tourists were able to taste traditional Cantonese food while enjoying the surrounding scenery on the floating restaurant.

Jumbo was used as a filming location for famous movies such as ‘007 The Man with the Golden Gun’, ‘Jackie Chan’s Protector’ and ‘Mugando’. It appeared in the Korean movie ‘The Thieves’ and was also introduced in tvN’s entertainment program ‘New Journey to the Journey’.

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However, it has been reported that the business has been temporarily suspended due to the spread of Corona 19 in March 2020, and has been experiencing difficulties as only maintenance costs are spent. The cumulative loss during the closing period is estimated at HK$100 million (about KRW 16.4 billion).

Jumbo was towed and left Hong Kong on the 14th to continue repairs in an unknown location in Southeast Asia. The sinking of the Jumbo appears to be a sign of Hong Kong’s downfall, the BBC said.

Reporter Nam-seok Oh greentea@munhwa.com

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