What better way introduce the world heritage sites to our children and connect their interest to world histories than with their favourite play object – LEGO?

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Just opened last week is the UNESCO World Heritage Art Exhibition Piece of Peace World Tour at Fort Canning Arts Centre.  This exhibition features 43 Lego replicas of UNESCO World Heritage Sites from 34 countries under three categories — Love EARTH (24), Love ASIA (10) and Love ASEAN (9).

Singapore is the first ASEAN country to host the exhibition and it is a one-off event with no plans of returning to town. To commemorate ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary, seven new Asean models were added including Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. The model, made of 10,000 Lego bricks, took local Lego builders Wong Jun Heng and Jeffrey Kong 14 days to build.

A charitable art movement that started in 2003 to support UNESCO World Heritage Activities in Japan, the Piece of Peace Exhibit has made more than 50 appearances throughout Japan and overseas and witnessed by over 2.9 million visitors.

Mr Vincente Tai, Director of the Executive Committee Secretariat of the exhibition shares that it was important for them to pass the message to the world that “peace is important!” and using the Lego pieces as a medium to connect with the younger generation.

More than just sharing stories, it is a great opportunity to enrich our children’s aptitude to learn about world history. Plus, the next time your family discusses travel destinations, perhaps you can include a visit to any of these world heritage sites?

Piece of Peace Exhibition - Windmill

 LOVE EARTH

This series holds 24 replicas including the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru), to the hitoric town of Guanajuato (Mexico) to the more famous St. Basil’s Cathedral (Russia) and the Palace of Westminster (UK).

Leaning Pisa

Piece of Peace Exhibition structures

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From top left – Colosseum, Holy See (Italy), Brasilia (Brazil), Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda (Pyu Ancient Cities), and Moai, Rapa Nui National Park (Polynesia).Piece of Peace Exhibition assortment

We had the pleasure of visiting the Sydney Opera House (Australia) recently and was happy to check it off our list of world heritage visited.

Piece of Peace Exhibition Sydney Harbour

LOVE ASIA

Another world heritage that we visited was the Taj Mahal in Agra (India) when we took our kids on a pilgrimage to visit my son’s namesake, the Lord Krishna’s birth place several years back. Piece of Peace Exhibition - Taj Mahal

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.” ~From the UNESCO charter. To remind us of the extreme need for peace, you can expect five Japanese world heritage sites including this Itsukushima Shinto Shrine in Hiroshima (Japan)
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Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Valley (Nepal), Hwaseong Fortress (Korea) and Angkor (Cambodia),
Piece of Peace

The Historic City of Vigan in Philippines reprised with LEGO bricks to commemorate the opening leg of the Piece of Peace world heritage exhibition in Singapore. It is one of seven new models built by 8 Singapore-based builders for this exhibition using 56,000 Lego bricks.

For the younger kids, they may also enjoy the Lego Kids Play Zone and interactive play on the lower floor.

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In time to celebrate our Nation’s birthday, there is also a display of the structures from the Lego BuildAmazing SG Contest detailing the different scenarios of Singapore. See the photo below for some scenarios.

local editions

I particularly like this “Chilli Crab and Shell Breaker” replica by Singaporean Eugene Tan, 41.

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There is much to see and do this exhibition. Don’t miss this once-only Piece of Peace World Heritage Exhibit. Tickets are priced from $13 to $19 and are available at www.apactix.com.

Date: 27 July  to 3 September 2017
Showtime: Mondays to Thursdays, Public Holidays Eve — 10am to 9pm
Fridays to Sundays, Public Holidays — 10am to midnight
(last admission 60 minutes before closing)
Venue: Fort Canning Arts Centre
5 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179620
Ticketing: 17 years old and above — S$17 (weekdays)  S$19 (weekends)
4 to 16 years old — S$13 (weekdays), S$15 (weekends)
60 years old and above — S$13 (weekdays), S$15 (weekends)

Get your tickets at www.APACTix.com or any Singapore Post Office

Receive the final piece of the set of five LEGO Singapore limited edition Food Cultures Mini-builts to celebrate Singapore’s iconic food culture with every S$40 spent or S$80 on LEGO products in a single receipt.

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