Wednesday, January 4, 2012

United Buddy Bears @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

*Updated with photo of the Malaysia bear. 

The 143 life-sized United Buddy Bears are in KL -- a first for South East Asia. I stumbled across them when I was in Pavilion KL two days ago and what a sight!

"We have to get to know each other better... it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more and live together more peacefully."

Under this motto, United Buddy Bears promote living together in peace and harmony. Since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, more than 25 million visitors world-wide have been able to admire the United Buddy Bears. The United Buddy Bears will be exhibited at the entrance of Pavilion KL from 8 December 2011 to 15 February 2012 -- so don't miss your chance to see them in real life. 


At the entrance of Pavilion KL

Each bear is about 2m tall, made from fibregrass sculptures originally developed in Berlin, Germany. 

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Artists from individual countries are chosen to handpaint the bears and is sorted by alphabetical order. We tried looking for the Scottish bear in his kilt -- but unfortunately there wasn't one, just the United Kingdom bear. 

The Buddy Bears stand together “hand in hand”, symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world. Each bear stands for the people of the different countries and their culture, yet not for political systems.


When we were there, the Malaysian bear wasn't unveiled yet but has been since then during the official launch. You will see it when you visit Pavilion KL now.


Here's a photo of the Malaysia bear that I took when we visited Pavilion yesterday. It's his first time on the world tour.. so he's a little shy. Say hello to him! :)


Einstein bear


United States of America


United Kingdom


Cameroon 


Rows and rows of United Buddy Bears




This was one of our favorites.. meet United Buddy Bear from Cuba... with a Cuban cigar of course!





Irish bear



If you're around Bukit Bintang area, make sure you get across to Pavilion KL to view these unique bears.

Location: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

*Original posting 9/12/11, updated on 4/1/12. 

17 comments:

  1. but where are the Care Bears? heheh. gosh, it's difficult to imagine being able to fit 143 statues outside pavilion!

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  2. I've seen these bears in Berlin before! amazing that KL is one of the select few countries to have displyed these bears

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  3. Fujiko: Yes, should definitely pay them a visit within these two months.

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  4. Sean: Hehe I would love it if there were life-size Care bears statues :)

    Yeah they placed the statues all around the fountain, towards the entrance and all along the side of the luxury shops.

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  5. The Unc: Yes! Very lucky indeed.

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  6. Oh they look so cool!
    Wish I was in KL just to take photos with those bears :))

    Btw, lol at the random guy posing with the bear :p

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  7. Rad: Which random guy? The one posing with the Cuban bear?

    That's my husband! ;P

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  8. Oh, so cute, didn't see these when my last visit, I think must bring Sam go "play" with them :P

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  9. I saw the bears when I was on the way to Grand Millennium. Time to go see them upclose!

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  10. They are all so cute! My fave has to be the Irish one. :D

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  11. Bangsar Babe: Oh you must! They're quite an attraction though it's advisable not to go in the afternoon when it's super hot! Lol. *melt*

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  12. Kenny: Any particular reason why you like the Irish one?

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  13. Great capture, felt like I was home :-)

    I too like the Romeo y Julieta, Cuban, bear!!

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