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“Nicely kept gardens, historic too”

Kundasang War Memorial
Ranked #35 of 211 things to do in Sabah
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Well kept gardens, plenty of plants and flowers when we visited. Also a good place to view Mt Kinabalu and also a great place for taking photos. Nice to know that the soldiers who were forced to do the " death march " are not forgotten.

Thank Koay H
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

The caretaker at this deeply personalised sanctuary for the souls of the Australian soldiers who died in Borneo is a great bloke who has done a wonderful job of preserving their memory. A quiet peaceful haven set among the wild mountains and jungles of Borneo, you can truly appreciate the horrors over 2000 POWs endured there & died from in the Sandakan Death Marches. Very moving and healing experience.

Thank Angie C
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a very well maintained war memorial. Unfortunately the video wasn't running while we were there. We couldn't find many tours that would take you here from KK, so I suggest you hire a car or taxi and organise it yourself. We organised our own tour visiting the Memorial, Poring hot springs, Desa dairy and Mt Kinabalu Park. Very doable in one day.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We drove from Sandakan to Ranua and continually thought off the brave men that died and the six that escaped on the death march, so to visit this memorial in Kundasang was a fitting stopover for our trip back to KK. It was so moving to watch the video and listen to the few men that had survived
then wander through the different gardens and read the honour roll.This memorial is near Mt Kinabalu which is nearly always shrouded in clouds-it was the day we visited. Apparently the POWs hated the mountain but i like the Borneo myth that the souls of these men are wrapped in the mist and protected.

1  Thank crawfords37
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This Memorial is enroute to Kinabalu National Park. There's nothing much to see around Kundasang. The town itself is rather rundown and the poshest part of Kundasang happened to be KFC?! This Memorial is well-maintained and telling a story about the Aussie soldiers who never made it back to Australia and it briefly discussed the plight of them as they were forced to march here from Sandakan, after the Allied soldiers were shifted here from Singapore after its fall and that they were forced to build a military airport at Sandakan with their bare hands. I find it incredulous that a Memorial such as this still charges MYR$2 to watch a video of the plight of the soldiers and that the video room is closed most of the time anyway. It's rather poignant to look through the Hall with names of perished soldiers and that some of them were siblings and some of them still have poppy flowers attached next to the names, an indication that many veterans are still heading this way to pay homage to their fallen comrades. There is no cemetery here but simply a Memorial with vista to boot at the top. Commendable visit if you are like me, someone who came from the Southern Hemisphere.

1  Thank wiredfrog
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