Plaza Cuartel
Plaza Cuartel
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Plaza Cuartel is regarded as a memorial park and shrine to the 153 Americans who were massacred there in 1944 in what became known as the Palawan Massacre. It was originally a Spanish garrison then a penal colony under Japanese invasion. Our visit was decidedly above ground, viewing the remnants of the old walls and the memorial with the various information panels throughout the site. The area is largely unkempt, more a park than memorial, but at least, the significance is remembered. Reading beforehand that there are dungeons; must be off limits as we didn't get to see any.
Written 22 December 2023
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Visiting this place was heart wrenching. So many lives vanished here as the Japanese murdered them on site. This is not a huge memorial ground but worth a visit. Beautiful surroundings. People are friendly and greeted us as we walked up from the cruise port. A must see place when in Puerto Princesa.
Written 8 August 2023
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines9,486 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Located just across the Immaculate Conception Church or Cathedral of Puerto Princesa, this small park built by the Spaniards as a bastion, is very rich in history. During the WWII, it was used by the Japanese as a prison for the American soldiers they captured and held as POWs. When they felt that they were losing the battle and that the allies were already coming, they committed the horrendous crime of burning their prisoners to death! Today, nothing of such bleak past remains. Only two monuments record it.
Written 5 July 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a very historic spot in the city of Puerto Princesa. Originally it was built as a garrison by the Spanish. The Japanese imprisoned American soldiers here during WWII. When the Japanese realised they would lose the war, they murdered many American soldiers. Only a handful escaped. The area is now a park. The cathedral is across the road.
Written 1 July 2023
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia3,397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
This place was sad and interesting once I found out that over 100 soldiers were burned here by Japanese soldiers in world war 2. Who would have thought?
Written 14 August 2022
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Katy Santos
Philippines519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Plaza Cuartel sits just near the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. This historical landmark pays tribute to American and Filipino soldiers who were victims of the second world war at the hands of Japanese soldiers. During the war, there were over a hundred American soldiers who were imprisoned in the tunnels of this landmark and were burned alive! However, 11 soldiers escaped the massacre and swim their way out to the sea. Some people say that they encountered paranormal experiences in this landmark due to its dark past. In the present, it’s a simple shrine with tall trees, educational boards, and ruins of old garrisons and historical tunnels.
Written 16 November 2020
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Xoxo_Zay
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This place is a place of murder so its normally creepy standing on a place where a 100 plus American soldiers were being slaughtered. Should I recommend it? well if you're a thrill seeker then go, the place is perfect for you. It's a place of world war 2 history after all.
Written 12 March 2020
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John S
Poquoson, VA288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went to visit the Cathedral and found this hidden gem across the street. It had a not too well maintained historical display outlining the murder of US service men in WWII who were prisoners of war. A tragic, but fascinating bit of history I didn't know about. I'm glad we found it and visited.
Written 5 January 2020
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KuyaKano
Puerto Princesa, Philippines148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
To learn about the history of this site was a great experience for this US military veteran. There is even a book written by one of the soldiers who escaped, but to visit the place itself was truly an honored experience.
Written 4 December 2019
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Forrest S
Orange County, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I was not aware of the details of the americans held captive here during the war. But it is an interesting place to see. They tell the story you should be aware of. We were surprised to learn of the atrocities during the war.
Written 18 November 2019
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