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3. Statue of Brothers, Seoul

The Statue of Brothers is at Seoul’s War Memorial of Korea and shows a Republic of Korea officer embracing a younger North Korean soldier.

A plaque outside reads: “The crack in the dome stands for the division of Korea and the hope for reunification.”

Surprising, considering relations between the countries.

Inside the dome are iron chain links that represent a bond between North and South.

4. People's Heroes, Beijing

Beijing’s Monument to the People’s Heroes is a 10-storey obelisk dedicated to those who lost their lives in many of China’s revolutionary struggles.

The centrepiece of Tiananmen Square, the monument has eight panels across the base devoted to significant events in Chinese history including revolts against the British and Japanese.

Since it was completed in 1958, it’s also been the site of several violent protests, including the horrific 1989 clash between students and soldiers.


5. Martyrs’ Statue, Beirut

The Martyrs’ Statue in Martyrs’ Square, Beirut, was originally built in honour of six Lebanese nationalists who gave their lives in World War One during the Ottoman occupation. 

Now the iconic statue has come to symbolise the destruction of the Lebanese Civil War because it’s riddled with bullet holes made during the conflict, and one of the figures is missing an arm.

Flags and posters are still draped over it whenever there are protests today.


Photos: Getty; Thinkstock; TNT


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