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Esplanade launches Virtual Tour

Source: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay announced yesterday the addition of a virtual tour to its website.

At, Internet users who cannot travel to the Centre will be able to wander through Singapore’s national performing arts centre online, and gain a sense of its stunning halls.

Through a combination of QTVR, 3D modelling and flash action scripting technology, visitors to the website can explore Esplanade’s various spaces, including the elegant interiors of the Concert Hall and Theatre, at the click of a mouse.

The virtual tour was shot using a wide-angle lens for panoramic views. The resulting images were aligned with VR Work "stitching" software that created 360-degree views of the spaces.

Instructions on Esplanade’s website help the visitor link to and download the necessary browser plug-in (Quicktime player and Flash player 6), which is free and located at and

Using a computer mouse to explore the Centre, the visitor can be virtually inside each space, and learn about various features from different perspectives. "Hotspots" identifying various locations in the tour can be selected with the mouse, which then links to the panoramic pictures and related information.

Marketing Communications Director Carolyn Tay said, "I am excited that many more ‘visitors’ worldwide can use the Internet to view our beautiful halls. Esplanade embraces the use of technology in our work and this is an excellent marketing channel to increase awareness about our Centre."

Esplanade’s website also offers programme information on the smorgasbord of arts events available, and enables patrons to buy their tickets online.

Content Contributor: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

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