Monday, June 16, 2008

Kundasang War Memorial, Sabah










It was only 25 years after on my recent 5th visit to Kundasang that I stepped upon the War Memorial.The last few trips were with relatives and friends and they all said "nothing to see there".So I went alone this time.You know there were so much to see and learn about history and also the flora of Sabah. This War Memorial was established as a tribute to WW II prisoners of war who died during the Sandakan Death Marches in 1945. A total of 1787 Australian and 641 British prisoners died during these death marches at, or between, Sandakan and Ranau. Only 6 Australian soldiers survived the war. So imagine how cruel the war was, and how many of us know that these death marches actually happened in Sabah, our own country? The Memorial was erected in 1962 with a competition winning entry by architect J.C. Robinson.Apart from seeing and reading the solemn letters,old newspsper cuttings,photographs and condolences engraved on the plaques,the Memorial also presents to you three beautifully landscaped gardens, namely the Australian Garden,English Garden and Borneo Garden.The Borneo Garden is particularly interesting with many varieties of rare orchids and pitcher plants. It is definately worth a visit.

5 comments:

-eiling- said...

i really like your new banner. very nice pic!

rubberseeds said...

Thanks eiling. Hope one day I can take your pictures too.

-eiling- said...

take my pics? you gotta be kidding me. LOL

rubberseeds said...

Why not? Take your pics and blog about you. You are a very capable lady.

-eiling- said...

haha not so capable yet. still have a lot to learn! Thanks for your compliments.