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As bidding continues for the KL-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, South Korea has signalled its intent to be involved in it with the creation of a showroom to highlight its HSR prowess and technology.

The showcase, which is located on the first floor of Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, was put together by state-owned Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA), which is leading a consortium of 50 public and private firms to bag the project, The Star reports.

Open from 10 am to 10 pm daily, exhibits include highlights of the country’s achievements in rail and civil engineering as well as an overview of HSR projects globally. The showroom also features a 4D theatre housed in the shell of a HSR locomotive. Able to seat six at a go, the theatre will air 20 shows daily, the programme being around five minutes long.

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At the unveiling of the 157 sq m showroom last week, KRNA Malaysian regional director Kim Chung Gi said that the KL-Singapore HSR project would likely end up being a three-cornered fight between Korea, the Chinese and the Japanese.

The report adds that South Korea is the fourth nation to have HSR build capability, after Japan, France and China. The country has two HSR lines, the 417.4 km-long Gyeongbu HSR and the 182.3 km-long Honam HSR, with two other HSR projects still under construction.

In October, the country had first stated its interest in the project, and the Korean consortium was amongst the many parties to have paricipated in a Request for Information (RFI) exercise on the KL-Singapore HSR project conducted by the Malaysia Land Public Transport Commission and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority last month.