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Saw this statue back in March before the shutdown. The statue stands in tribute to Tan Tock Seng, a Malacca born Singaporean administrator, merchant and philanthropist best known in Singapore for the temple and hospital that bears his name. Tan Tock Seng is depicted standing and wearing traditional Chinese clothing with a neutral, but peaceful expression, looking straight ahead.
Visited this area of Fort Canning back in March before the shutdown. The National Parks of Singapore website has published a walking trail to see the sculptures. It’s worth downloading the map for an hour or two walking through this great park while seeing some artwork, including the sculptural ensemble celebrating ASEAN, with the option to take detours to see some of the great themed gardens in the park.
Civilian War Memorial
2020 Apr 11
Saw this back in March before the lockdown. This memorial is a monument to the civilians who died during the Japanese occupation in the Second World War. The monument consists of 4 , each slightly triangular in shape. When viewed from far enough, the individual columns appear as a single structure like an obelisk. At the centre of the monument is a single urn, representing the ashes of the civilians who died. A poignant memorial to civilians.
Johor Ancient Temple
2020 Apr 11
Visited back in March before the MCO and lockdown. This is one of the oldest religious buildings in Johor Bahru and the oldest Chinese temple. The front of the building is beautifully decorated with cute paintings of 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The front entrance is painted in bold red and contrasts beautifully against the predominantly white background of the front wall. The temple interestingly serves all the main dialectal Chinese groups of the city. So it’s not a surprise that the temple has a mixture of shrines for Buddhism, Taoism and other Chinese deities. The Chinese deity Yuan Tian Shang Di is most prominent in the temple as the shrine is in the main central building while there is a subsidiary building for the Goddess of Mercy.
The River Merchants
2020 Apr 11
I saw this in early March before the lockdown. It's one of many sculptures in Boat Quay and depicts a scene during a typical day in the port with merchants conducting business and labourers shifting goods on a bullock cart. The great thing about this sculpture is the way the artists has created such a lively scene of the merchants engaged in discussions contrasting with adjacent the work of the labourers. Worth seeing if in the area.