The $250 million government-funded museum, which opened in late December, has attracted over 20 000 visitors. Actor Chan donated a group of bronzes which were influenced by a set of bronze figures which depicted the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. In 1860, the original sculptures were looted from the Beijing's Summer Palace by Anglo-French troops. The historical event still resonates with China as an act which left the country's people humiliated.

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On 30th December last year, Taiwanese activists Chen Miao-ting and Chen Yi-ting, vandalised the bronzes Chan donated by throwing paint over them. The pair went on to be charged with vandalism.

In a statement, they said: "We refuse to let any objects indicating [China's] cultural united front strategy or replicas from other cultures be displayed in our arts and cultural palace.''

Chan is viewed as pro-mainland, partly due to his decision in 2009 to donate antique buildings to Singapore. The 350-year-old buildings were taken from South China, reconstructed in Singapore and are set to open on the campus of Singapore University of Technology and Design this year