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Near to the carpark at Fort Canning Park itself, you will see a few sculptures and you may wonder why are they there. In fact, the sculptures are from the ASEAN countries.

ASEAN stands for Association of South East Asian Nations and it was established in 1967 with only 5 nations when it was first formed. The 5 are Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Until much later, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia joined one by one, making it a 10-member association.

The sculptures are :
- Singapore's Balance - 3 spheres supporting a half-conical structure. It means that if 1 sphere is to move, the entire structure will topple and collapse. Hence, ASEAN countries have to stay united.

- Malaysia's Augury - Augury means omen. The sculpture represents the inter-dependency among the ASEAN countries.

- Thailand's Concentration - The sculpture is about calmness and tranquility. It's a representation of someone in meditation (influenced by Buddhism. Thailand's main religion). Hence, it is about the countries working together in peace and harmony.

- Indonesia's Unity - The sculpture represents all different kinds of races, religions and cultures. Despite of that, the diversity is still seen as united in one sculpture.

- Brunei's Together - There are 6 poles which represents the 6 countries (before the rest joined). The poles are joined together with one gap left. The gap represents that ASEAN still welcomes other nations who want to join the ASEAN and the poles joining together means that all nations are different but they are joined together by the sea.

- Philippines' Fredesvinda - The sculpture looks like an unfinished boat. It means other nations can join to make it complete.

Address: Fort Canning

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  • Updated Jul 16, 2006
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