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Sandakan Memorial Park, Sandakan

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Visit Sandakan Memorial Park, a powerful historical site commemorating Allied prisoners of war. Built in the grounds of the former Sandakan camp, the memorial honors the lives of 2,345 POWs that died during the Sandakan and Ranau death marches, when the country was occupied by Japanese forces during World War II. A simple black obelisk marks the beginning of the route marched by the prisoners, and bears a moving inscription in dedication to their lives and service. Put Sandakan Memorial Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sandakan vacation builder.
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  • Such a well constructed memorial to the POW's and locals who suffered such atrocities. Very moving and a beautiful park.  more »
  • I very much appreciate the effort the Australian Government along with the local authorities to preserve and maintain this war memorial. It's a great opportunity to teach your kids about other atrocit...  more »
  • A well laid out and maintained memorial to those who suffered and died during WW II. This prisoner of war camp marks the start of the infamous Sandakan death march - such a tragedy and a story that de...  more »
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  • A very nice and well kept park with tall trees, ponds and greenery. Probably15-20mins to circle the entire cement / wooden walk ways. Signage depicting stories from the past and a few relics/structure (not many) left from war can be seen along the way. Stop to take a read. The center house in the middle of the park houses the information point where you have a short video presentation to watch, miniature 3D map the prison camp and more stories can be found here. There was this very nice friendly lady from the park staff that greets you as you enter. Ask her all the questions.
  • This place is well done and well taking care of. Worth taking time to visit for a slow and solemn couple of hours.
  • A tranquil park which is good for morning stroll.
  • What a beautiful memorial and and a in depth education for people like me who were born after the war. Would recommend it for any one of any age and any nationality. Take a picnic and spend a few hours there. Nice lawns and spaces for reflection.
  • what a good place you must come and see it your self...it wonderfulll

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Where to stay in Sandakan

On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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