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Kundasang War Memorial, Sabah

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The Kundasang War Memorial is a memorial located in Kundasang in the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is dedicated to the British and Australian soldiers who died in the Sandakan POW camp during their death marches to Ranau. Besides that, it also recognises the suffering and sacrifice of the native population of Sabah.LocationThe memorial is located in the small town of Kundasang, about 55 kilometres from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu.BackgroundThe establishment of the memorial can be traced back to Major G.S. Carter DSO, a New Zealand war veteran and employee of the Shell Oil Co. (Borneo), who gave the ideas for the construction of the memorial in 1962. The construction was later led by Mr. JC Robinson who is a local architect. However, due to insufficient revenue for upgrading as the memorial covers a large area, it fell into disrepair even though the Sabah state government injected some funds in 1995.In 2005, a native Thai pensioner, Mr. Sevee Charuruks from Kota Kinabalu, undertook the restoration as a private retirement project. In subsequent years, the Australian government was also involved in several contributions to the further restoration. Such as the contribution of 120,000 MYR for the fencing of the plot, MYR350,000 for the Australian Memorial Hall (which to serves the screening of documentaries), MYR120,000 in the demolition and reconstruction of the concrete wall in the Contemplation Garden and another MYR14,000 for the construction of the Confrontation Memorial.
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  • Any reminder of the sacrifices the ANZAC's, British and local forces made during this brutal time in history needs to preserved forever. These death marches was something I was not aware happened here...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit to this war memorial. I found it informative of the history. Australian citizens might have particular interest in this memorial.  more »
  • A nice and serene place tucked away in the busy town. The entrance fee is cheap and it's a good place to spend half hour to learn about the town's history in relation to WW2. It has nice and pretty ga...  more »
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  • A historical place where you can go. There is a souvenir. Photo gallery where you can see Britian army and the history of it. Has a beautiful garden.
  • Prepare to feel anger at the atrocities of war. This memorial records the events and the tragedy that the British POW's endured during their death march at Sandakan and Ranau. This place features three gardens which were carefully maintained. At the entrance/exit they have a giftshop that sells different kinds of souvenirs.
  • Visited this place for 3rd times. Got the chance today to read and really concentrate on what had happened. Proud to be sabahan. #australia#british. This a must visit place if you come to visit kundasang. Kundasang town area,rm2 entry for local and rm10 for passport holders.
  • The view of mount kinabalu from here is so amazing.. Nice place for shooting..
  • Absolutely stunning views compliment the sombre gardens of remembrance that make up this memorial. This entire venue contains so much poignant history and emotion, comprised of all the names of those that have fallen in the service of their countries. Well worth a visit, even if only for a short time en route to Ranau, Sandakan or back to Kota Kinabalu