Plaza Cuartel, Puerto Princesa

2.8
#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Palawan Province
Behind a cathedral and near the old fort sits Plaza Cuartel, dedicated to the memory of the American soldiers who were burned alive by the Japanese in World War II. Near the end of the war, Japanese forces imprisoned 143 American soldiers and forced them to enter the narrow tunnel, which they doused with gasoline and set on fire. See the memorial plates and pictures of the 11 survivors. The memorial stone in the center of the square--topped by a figurine of a man in chains--bears the names of all the solders from the garrison. Add Plaza Cuartel and other attractions to your Puerto Princesa trip itinerary using our Puerto Princesa tourist route planner.
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  • August 2, 2017
    This place summarizes the history of Palawan. This is good for people who love history and who loves reading. People of Palawan says this is also a lover's place at night (wink wink).  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Love history? Then here is a place you have to be.. amazing how historical events are not learned from the book but fromthe place where it happened.. this place is amazing and at the same time so hist...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    We arrived too early to check in at our hotel so we did our own city tour. Rustic and beautiful entrance. Overlooks the fishing villages. Sad history though between Americans and Japanese. Walking dis...  more »
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  • April 8, 2017
    Historical but sadly you won't see a museum here. It's a nice park though. You can just stroll inside its vicinity and enjoy the sea breeze and the singing of the birds.
  • July 4, 2017
    Historical Place, nice to visit this, where you can learn about the soldiers died in the deep tunnel.
  • May 10, 2017
    I love the historical ambience and look of this place. Rings some memories of Philippine history I had learned during my early schooling days in Manila. It also somehow reminded me of the similarities of the architural forms found in my province of Laguna.
  • March 19, 2017
    A restful stop on the city tour. Nice gardens. Informative information about the Japanese treatment of WWII captives.
  • February 18, 2017
    Nothing much to see but it's a historical place. The tunnel looked dangerous and scary even from the outside, I could not imagine the struggles the soldiers have been through. A tragic but admirable story of courage and heroism.

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