The Empire State Building in New York.
NEW YORK: New York’s famous landmark, the Empire State Building (ESB), where one can see thousands of tourists from around the world lining up to get a glimpse of the Big Apple from what is euphemised as the “top of the world”, will be lit with colours of the Malaysian flag on Aug 21.
The lights resembling the colours of the Malaysian flag will be on display on the eastern side of the building while the other three sides will have the colours of the flags of Morocco (north side), Finland (west side) and Kenya (south side).
The ESB office is lighting the building according to the colours of different flags of the countries participating in the Olympics as a way of honouring nations taking part in the ongoing Olympic Games in Beijing.
“This marks the first time the ESB has split the towers sides with four countries’ lights in its history,” a statement released by the ESB said.
By extending the lighting to 17 nights, the duration of the Olympic Games, the ESB said it would be honouring the top 66 countries participating in the Olympics, based on the number of athletes attending from each country. — Bernama
New Straits Times