Sandakan Memorial Park, Sandakan

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#2 of 10 in Museums in Sabah
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. Plan a Sandakan trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Eating time of day to visit. It was dusk and all the insects were biting. Peaceful contemplating the horror of years gone by  more »
  • We visited the memorial on the way to stay at Sepilok we asked the taxi driver if he would divert and wait for us while we visited. We spent about 45 minutes walking around this very peaceful place. N...  more »
  • We timed our trip to Borneo to attend the memorial for the service to commemorate the Sandakan Death Marches. The service held annually on the 15 August each year is a poignant reminder of the sacrifi...  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.
  • Well kept park. Clean. Nice greenery garden. Marking is good. A must place in Sandakan.
  • A must do for all current and former serving Australian /british military personnel a very special place.lest we forget.
  • This place is well done and well taking care of. Worth taking time to visit for a slow and solemn couple of hours.
  • Good place to learn some history

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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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