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Sandakan Memorial Park

Address: Mile 8, Jalan Labuk Utara | Taman Rimba, Sandakan 90702, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 89 275400
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Sandakan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Type: Museums, Cultural
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Not well advertised but so worth a visit to see the reality of what atrocities were committed in the POW camps and the death marches of 1943-1945. Beautiful park and memorial stone with exhibition hall. No charge. Sobering and emotional. Only 6 yes 6 men survived out of the Australians and British who were held here. Emotional and sobering. Did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The walkways are a pleasant upgrade. The memrial exhibit hall is very informative. The video show could be made more detailed.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A place to understand about the role Sandakan played during the World War. Very informative trail via a well kept park. Some items on displayed are real and preserved properly. A good visit and should be included in your itinerary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The park is very peaceful and the photos and stories help to understand this dreadful time May be they could have planted an Australian gumtree

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Sandakan, Malaysia
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

For the War History buffs and ppl with families involved during the WW2 Sandakan episode, this place is a must. There is an annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service here. The tranquil settings will also appeal to the general visitor.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A very peaceful place to wander through. It is hard to imagine what our Aussie soldiers went through.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A very nice nice looking park with a few relics remaining from the war times. I didn't know much about the Australian/ English Prisoner of War history in Borneo but the small history museum in the park does an excellent job of telling the story. I enjoy my Australian war history and this place was interesting enough that It's got... More 

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Sydney, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Well maintained place of reflection. Even if war history doesn't interest you, worth a visit to learn about the POW death march and what the POWs & Local North Borneons experienced. Situated near Sandakan Airport, its about 30min from the city by taxi. Cost us 80rm (I think) including 1.5hr wait. If your visiting Mt Kinabalu aswell, recommend visiting the... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was really interesting to learn about the Japanese occupation, the prisoners of war kept here, the subsequent death marches and the help given to the Allies by locals. I'd previously known nothing about it so was quite shocking and moving. Didn't walk around the whole park because it was raining, but the pavilion with the little exhibition in was... More 

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Alice Springs. NT. Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It's great that Australia and Malaysia have combined resources to built this memorial park to pay respect to these unfortunate soldiers. RIP

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