Statue of George VI
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom11,032 contributions
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Apr 2021
The statue is not a 'go-to' on its own but it is one of the sights inside the Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Entry is free and most people find the gardens and zoo, an unexpected oasis in the centre of Hong Kong.
George VI is remembered as the king who never wanted to be king. He was unexpectedly forced into the job when his older brother, Edward VIII threw everything into chaos by abdicating and marrying the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson and then leaving England. It was simpler times back then and there was no social media and no one did multi-million dollar interviews. The Oscar winning movie, The King’s Speech, also immortalised the story of his shyness and his stutter.
The bronze statue is a good likeness and is centrally located in the park, at the top of a flight of stairs leading to the main fountain. It was placed here in 1958 to commemorate Hong Kong’s 100th anniversary. George VI had already by this time, leaving a young 25 year old Elizabeth to take up the throne and become the longest reigning British monarch.
Entry to both the gardens and zoo is free.
Written 16 June 2021
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,730 contributions
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Apr 2020
One of the interesting things to see at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden is the bronze statue of King George (George VI) which is found just southwest of the Fountain Terrace Garden and large water fountain.

This is a nearly two metre tall bronze of King George that was created by British sculptor Gilbert Ledward and erected at this location in 1958 as a late commemoration of Hong Kong's 100th anniversary (1941). What you see is a middle-aged George IV, standing in regal attire and crowned. His left hand grips a sword in scabbard. The statue stands upon a simple pedestal. There is a small information panel near the monument.

Interestingly, this monument is placed upon the location of an earlier statue of Sir Arthur Kennedy who served at Hong Kong's seventh governor (1872-1877). This monument was confiscated, sent to Japan and melted down during the Japanese occupation.

You can convenient view the King George statue in between viewing birdlife enclosures at the Zoological Garden. Its worth a few minutes to see if you enjoy statue and monument viewing during your travels.
Written 1 May 2020
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