Michael Jackson's Father Helps Launch "Happyland"

A Vietnam amusement park has a well-known investor: Joe Jackson, the father of the late king of pop Michael Jackson.

Joe Jackson was in Vietnam today to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a $2 billion 1,000-room hotel and amusement park called 'Happyland' currently in development, reports the Associated Press.

During a live broadcast of the groundbreaking ceremony on Vietnam television, Jackson said his legendary son, who died in 2009 from a drug overdose, "lived to make people happy and I am proud to maintain that, making Vietnamese people happier," BTN reports.

Deputy prime minister Nguyen Thien Nhan says Happyland will be "the largest tourism project in South Vietnam and southeast Asia."

The park, located in southern Long An province, is about 20 minutes outside Ho Chi Minh City and is scheduled to be finished in 2014. The park will include a water park, theaters and restaurants and will be the region's largest entertainment complex, designed to attract up to 14 million visitors annually.

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