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“Take a break from the busy city”
Review of National Monument

National Monument
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Best of Kuala Lumpur City Tour Including National Museum and National Monument
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Ampang
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Take a break from the busy city”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

The place is located 5 opposite the :Lake Garden, approximately 5 minutes drive from busy Merdeka Square area.

There is no entrance fee and there are limited parking space available outside the monument.

The main attraction would be the monument. If you take a 5 minutes walk down the hill, you may find some sculptures inside a small garden.

There are ample benches around the park for you to sit and relax while enjoying the view.

Visited January 2012
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KL, Malaysia
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“maybe not for young kids - but educational”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

if you are into history, dont miss it. a though-provoker about the sacrifices of others in the history of Malaysia.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very Impressive!”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

If you are around the Lake Gardens area then this monument is worth a visit.The first thing that impressed me was the size which is quite large. The predominately blue colors used are really vivid and bright which adds a moderness to this structure.It is surrounded by water which makes it quite interesting.
After visiting the monument then you will be able to go on to places such as the Sculpture Gardens or Mousedeer Park or many others as they are all in a similar area.

Visited December 2011
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

The monument is amazing depicting the soldiers who fought against the Japanese in the war.

Visited December 2011
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“Rather dull to visit; unless you're Malaysian, it won't move you”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is actually a pair of monuments in a single plaza, both dedicated to those who died in Malaysia's major wars. They're not spectacular to see, so unless you're Malaysian or a serious Malaysian history buff, you're unlikely to be moved by them. The older one is a solemn, blocky cenotaph dedicated to those who died in the two World Wars as well as the Malayan Emergency (insurgency by Communists from 1948 to 1960). The newer and more interesting one is a bronze statue of a group of soldiers, some fighting and some fallen; it's placed atop a black pedestal on a platform surrounded by pools. Any American will immediately be reminded of the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and not surprisingly the two memorials were executed by the same sculptor, Felix de Weldon. Interestingly, the pedestal has inscriptions in both English and Malay, but the Malay inscription uses the older and seldom-seen Jawi script, based on the Arabic alphabet; the uncommon script is probably the most interesting thing here.

It's hard to imagine spending more than 5-10 minutes at the two monuments combined, even if you're taking photographs. The monuments are at the top of a hill, and if you go slightly further down the hill you'll come to an accompanying tourist area with concessions that sell souvenirs and refreshments, including fresh coconuts; that area also has public bathrooms that charge a nominal fee. Even further down the hill, there's a modern sculpture garden with a duck pond and benches; the sculptures were donated by various Asian nations in the name of peace. The sculpture garden, like the monuments, has free admission.

All told, you could spend an hour here if you take your time enjoying the sculpture garden. However, this venue is rather far out of the way, being about 1.5 kilometers west of the nearest train station (Masjid Jamek LRT), and there's nothing else for tourists to see in the area. So unless one of the above items really excites you, you're better off skipping this attraction.

Visited November 2011
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