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Weird and Offbeat Sites – the Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar

Tourist with Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar
(Last Updated On: November 12, 2018)

The Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar

If you happen to be taking a stroll through Mostar’s Park Zrinjevac, you may be surprised to find a life-sized statue of Bruce Lee with nunchuks in hand!

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar

The Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar

If anything is weird and offbeat, this Bruce Lee statue in Mostar certainly fits the bill.

It was erected on November 26, 2005, right around the time of the martial arts star’s 65th birthday, and was the world’s very first Bruce Lee statue. Standing 1.68 metres high, it’s only slightly shorter than the real man who measured in at 1.72 metres.

Created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Fijolic and oddly funded by the German government, the statue was a symbol of solidarity to an ethnically divided Mostar. It was thought that everyone loved Bruce Lee, regardless of whether or not they were Croatian, Serbian or Bosnian.

The Bruce Lee statue was commissioned by a youth group called Mostar Urban Movement. Just like the the Mostar Street Art Festival also spearheaded by youth, the statue was intended to bring a message of peace in a fun and lighthearted way.

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar
It was originally placed in the Spanish Square but was vandalized shortly thereafter. Sadly, the statue had to be removed and was only returned in 2013, when it was placed in the city park.

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar
Thankfully, tourists like me can now do their part and take pictures of themselves acting like complete goofballs.

Tourist with Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar
If you think the Bruce Lee statue in Mostar is weird, you should check out the Cat on a bike sculpture in Brussels and the Michael Jackson memorial in Munich.

Good to Know

  1. Mostar is well known for its bridge, but did you know that the city has a burgeoning street art scene?
  2. Checking out and/or posing with the Bruce Lee statue is only one reason why you should go to Mostar. Find out all the reasons why you should put Mostar on your travel agendas ASAP.
  3. Read our guide of the best hotels and B&Bs in Mostar


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  • Reply Cathy Sweeney November 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The Bruce Lee statue definitely fits the weird and offbeat bill. I found the story behind it totally interesting — love this kind of thing. I also like learning about all places and I’d never heard of Mostar before — thanks!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Cathy! It has a nice messages behind it and I can definitely support that. Mostar and Bosnia is totally worth a visit, you should definitely make a visit. 🙂

  • Reply Muza-chan November 6, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Love it 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Me too! The story behind the statue is incredible.

  • Reply Missy November 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Is no one else noticing the huge bulge in his pants? 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

      LOL, sorry but that wasn’t something I noticed at all. 🙂

  • Reply Mary @ Green Global Travel November 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Interesting! Great that it sends a message of peace and fun loving! Definitely gives the place some character!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Hey Mary – It really does. In a place where it can be easy to become overwhelmed at the injustices that happened during the war, it’s nice to have something fun to do in Mostar.

  • Reply Tash November 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Ha ha, love the cultural unity idea! Everyone loves Bruce Lee!
    Totally missed this when I went through Mostar.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Hey Tash,

      Yeah, I’m not sure how far one can stretch the cultural unity concept with a Bruce Lee statue but I love the statue all the same.

      It’s nice to see something that can make you laugh in the midst of a town that’s otherwise full of dark and sad history.


  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica November 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Great find!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Stephanie – although unusual, it’s definitely a highlight in Mostar!

  • Reply 8 Reasons to Visit Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. | Avdo-Nikočević.com March 12, 2015 at 5:59 am

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