The Berlin Wall in Singapore

11/9/11

The other day, Jeff and I went on a blike (me on the bike, Jeff on rollerblades...yeah we made that up) to Bedok Reservoir Park. The park is pretty close to our apartment, but we had never really ventured in that direction before. On this particular weekend, Bedok Reservoir Park was very peaceful and desolate. I had an ulterior motive to wanting to check out the park: I had read a long time ago that pieces of the Berlin Wall were on display here.

The portion of the Berlin Wall on permanent display at Bedok Reservoir Park is called "Kings of Freedom," painted by graffiti artist Dennis Kaun. The Berlin Wall was brought to Singapore by Robert A. Hefner III, a wealthy American art collector. He tried finding a place to display it in the US, but finally settled on displaying it in Singapore because his wife suggested it (she's Singaporean). You can read more about the Berlin Wall in Singapore here.

I think it's really great that an important piece of history is in Singapore, but Bedok Reservoir Park is kind of an odd location for something like this. It seems out of the way and I don't know if it's getting the type of foot traffic it deserves. A cafe is opening next to the display which might change that though (it's scheduled to open this month).

If you want to check out the Berlin Wall in Singapore for yourself, head to Bedok Reservoir Park near the intersection of Bedok Reservoir Road and Bedok North 3. The enclosure looks like this:

And if you can't make it to Singapore, maybe there's a piece of the Berlin Wall closer to you. Check out this list of Berlin Wall segments all over the world. 

8 comments:

  1. I had no idea you could find the Berlin Wall outside of Berlin!

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  2. @Jill, check this list out of all the places where the Berlin Wall is today http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Berlin_Wall_segments

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  3. Very cool structure and for it's historical implications.

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  4. I never realised there were any parts of the Berlin wall outside of Berlin either and how shameful as looking at the list there are several locations in the UK so I clearly should have known!

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  5. Very cool, we'll have to check that out

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  6. Wow, I had no idea. This is why I love reading other people's blogs! I will absolutely have to go check this out...along with the paul revere bell at the national museum!

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  7. this is amazing....I must go check it out...thanks for revealing this great find :) At first I was wondering if I was reading correct. The Berlin Wall?? wow!

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  8. Seen that so many times but never realised (i.e. bothered to read) what it was!

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