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“Very moving - worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandakan Memorial Park

Sandakan Memorial Park
Mile 8, Jalan Labuk Utara | Taman Rimba, Sandakan 90702, Malaysia
+60 89 275400
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Sandakan
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Sydney
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“Very moving - worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was excellent and very moving. You can read all about the Australian and English POWs here and the park itself is simple but well done. Worth a visit even if you don't know much about the history, the POWs had it really tough and the locals helped them greatly during Japanese occupation

Visited June 2013
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“Choose the right time to go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Went there on a hot and humid afternoon in June. It was too hot to walk around the park although the trees gave some shades. If you would like to have a soul-searching stroll, I suggest you go either in the morning or late afternoon. I have been to Kota Kinabalu war memorial before and so this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. However, the small museum is very informative especially for history enthusiasts.

Visited June 2013
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“A moving memorial to those who fought for us way back then.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This memorial is a small enclosed park on the outskirts of Sandakan and now surrounded by housing estates. It is a stones throw to the airport where British and Australian prisoners once toiled under horrific conditions. The park's environment has changed from the barren prison camp of the past and is now a beautifully landscaped, vegetated and peaceful place. Visitors can walk an undulating boardwalk and concrete path circuit of the area including a beautiful memorial pavilion and memorial monument. You can spend an hour in the memorial pavilion just reading about the daily lives of the prisoners and studying the model of the prison camp . You can complete the walkaround in 30 minutes at a slow pace. It's a short diversion on the way to or from the airport so alow for a visit if you are in Sandakan. We were looking forward to going home to a cooler less humid and more comfortable place than Borneo. 2400 soldiers had similar hopes unfulfilled.

Visited June 2013
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“Quick stop on the way to Sepilok”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Very clean with beautiful gardens and lake.
Informative information lodge which brings home the terrible attrocities that occurred during the war. Photos and text in English and Malay.
Memorial gardens for your own contemplation.

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“A tranquil memorial for reflection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Unlike the Western Front & Gallipoli there are no gravestones marking the resting place of the POWs or unknown soldiers.However walking through & seeing the jungle which is in the centre as you circumnavigate the park, through the tranquility and reading the detailed information in the small but emotional gallery memorial, detailing the tortuous conditions and the locals who also sacrificed their lives as well as information on the six survivors.
The granite memorial is simple and like all the information has English on one side and Malay on the other.
This memorial allows reflection of a different kind as we are not on a battlefield, but a site of one of the most horriffic POW camps from World War Two and the subsequent death march of over 240km to Ranau

The park itself is utilised by locals as it borders a housing development but it is open from 9 -5 and there are locked gates &it is kept immaculate.

It is an 80RM taxi fare to the Memorial. This is the return trip as the driver waits . I was there for just over an hour

Visited June 2013
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