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“Impeccably maintained, beautiful memorial to thousands who lost their lives”

Sandakan Memorial Park
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located near the Airport, so a fair way from the City centre. Get a taxi and ask them to wait. Allow about 1 to 2 hours to wander, read and properly appreciate what took place here during WW2. The display Pavilion is well presented, moving and informative. There are still some remnants/relics scattered throughout the memorial garden, which is located on the site of the original Sandakan POW camp - the starting point of the infamous 'Death Marches'. Especially meaningful for Australians, as well as British and local Borneans. I visited because a family member perished here, so it was quite a moving experience. The brutality was horrifying. There is also a replica model of the original camp and an audio visual presentation using the words of survivors (there were only 6 survivors out of 2,500), as well as stunning stained glass windows in the Pavilion. The park is incredibly peaceful and serene, well presented and impeccably maintained. Well worth a visit!

Thank Pantherboy
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The memorial park is well looked after and has got good signs explaining the history around the park. I would recommend to visit this if you around in sandakan

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

I suppose it means more to Australias and locals because of the historical significance but the balance between the historical account of the 'death march', the respect shown to those who suffered during the war and the care taken with the site was beautiful.
More a place for historical reflection than a tourist attraction.

Thank David_Susie
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

We didn't even know this place existed but our guide wanted to take us here. It's free and tells the very moving story of the Australian & British POW's during the war.

A lovely garden surrounds the memorial which then with pictures and words tell the story of those soldiers that lost their lives here in Sandakan.

Thank ollingtons
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Just takes us back to the Japanese rule where brutality was its peak. The cemetery has been relocated due to security reasons but rest of the history remains.

Thank Mohan P
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