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Sandakan Memorial Park

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Address: Mile 8 Jalan Labuk | Taman Rimba, Sandakan 90702, Malaysia
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+60 89-275 400
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A beautiful Park, built on a place of Genocide. Least We Forget.

This is a lovely park built on a site which once associated with the deaths of ALL but 6 POW’s and up to 16% of the local population. The story of brutality and suffering is a... read more

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a lovely park built on a site which once associated with the deaths of ALL but 6 POW’s and up to 16% of the local population. The story of brutality and suffering is a stark reminder of the horrors of war and what human beings can be capable of inflicting on one another. It is very moving to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was amazed by how somewhere with such a sad history can become such a beautiful place. Well worth a visit!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park in which this memorial is set is beautiful, tranquil and well-maintained. For anyone like me (I'm ashamed to say) who didn't previously know about this part of our shared history, it's well worth reading all the information in the chapel. The displays are very well presented, and go into some depth the tragic and awful events that happened... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is difficult to keep from getting furious at the Japanese captors of the 1800 Australians and 600 Brits who were starved and worked and walked to death in the final months of WWII in this place, and en route to the west.

Thank Professional-Pilgrim
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a story that must be told and listened to, so to ensure it can never happen again. An especially poignant message right now, given recent events within the world. As a kiwi we are are normally very aware of the treatment of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the Asia Pacific during the second world war, but this... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well-maintained park with a small museum that details the cruelty that took place during WWII. A humbling visit.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A lovely little chapel and memorial in a beautifully landscaped park. The chapel outlined the history of the death marches of WW2. Very thoughtfully organised and laid out with pieces of old machinery left from its POW camp time.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Having a grandfather in the Marines during WWII in the Pacific theatre, one can appreciate what these men went through. You hear about the death marches through the Phillipines, but never realized what happened in Borneo with only six survivors who were escapees. A bit of history that needs to be remembered.

Thank DJ M
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The Memorial Park commemorates the loss of life of the Allied troops who were sent to Sandakan during WW2...the story is one of tragedy and brutality but the memorial displays little of that...it is maintained by the Australian RSL and is a great functional space...a park used by locals for recreation....the centre piece is a small hut which displays the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We arranged to have a taxi pick us up at the entrance of Sepilok Orang-Utan Center and take us the Memorial Site for a cost of 80RM including the wait. The site was empty and so quiet when we visited. Its not a part of travel that I enjoy but I feel the need to come to pay my respect... More 

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