Plaza Cuartel, Puerto Princesa

3.1
#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Palawan Island
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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  • A visit to Plaza Cuartel is always included in the itinerary of a city tour around Palawan. The breathtaking view of the sea takes on an eerily new meaning once you learn of the horrific war atrocitie...  more »
  • Plaza Cuartel is a historic WWII site where american and filipino soldiers were held captive. Very interesting to see and read the stories. Has a memorial with names of American POW's and suvivors. Ni...  more »
  • A plaza dedicated to the American soldiers who were massacred by the Japanese during World War II. It is small park and nothing much to see.  more »
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  • I like the place, a historic place where you can really feel the untouched/unreplaced structures though they are only few, but still intact. Its just a small place, but it is beside the cathedral chapel so easy to go to. I just rate it four star because not really a perfect place to have a tour.
  • Such a well preserved piece of history. It should be more well known
  • Small, but if you walk around.. There is nice big church on the other side.
  • A peacefull spot with a history. The park is a memorial over the horrible death of 150 american prisoners of war that were burned to death by japanese soldiers during the 2nd. WW in Dec. 1944.
  • Historic place that deserves to be respected. Wish they could maintain the place better since some parts of it are already breaking
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