Plaza Cuartel, Puerto Princesa

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mimaropa
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. Use our Puerto Princesa attractions planner to arrange your visit to Plaza Cuartel and other attractions in Puerto Princesa.
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  • Located right across the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa is a small square named Plaza Cuartel. Entrance to the place is a stone gate planked by two towers with a historical marker ...  more »
  • A nice place to walk around,and read about the history of this area. It is nice that the information signage is in English. Location is also a very nicely landscaped park and plaza.  more »
  • The parks are not necessarily well maintained in the Philippines, but they have the merit to exist to symbolize historical representations. There is a memorial of the war 39-45 between Americans and Japanese, a historical exhibition (panels with photos and comments). He is also a botanical garden, and relaxing place for children and young. The lower part of the Park provides a commanding view of the Bay. Walls are a mess, embattled remnants around the main entrance.
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  • 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.
  • Historical Place, nice to visit this, where you can learn about the soldiers died in the deep tunnel.
  • 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.
  • A restful stop on the city tour. Nice gardens. Informative information about the Japanese treatment of WWII captives.
  • 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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