Photo: Morning at the cenotaph.

National Monument

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History and military buffs, and those who don’t mind a walk in the park shouldn’t miss Malaysia’s National Monument (Tugu Negara) set by Jalan Parlimen, just to the north of the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

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Three monuments make up the site. The first, a cenotaph surrounded by a large square body of water, bears a series of inscriptions at its base reading, “To Our Glorious Dead (1914–1918), (1939–1945) and the Emergency (1948–1960)”. It sits at the upper entrance of Tugu Negara (by the tour bus parking area) and commemorates not only the war effort during both World Wars, but also the Malayan Emergency. It was originally erected by the British, at the centre of a roundabout near the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. It was moved to its current position in 1964 to make way for a flyover downtown.

Beats being in a roundabout. Photo taken in or around National Monument, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Beats being in a roundabout. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Next comes the “Central Pavilion”, with its three gold domes and floor of Langkawi marble. As you continue around, be sure to look up at the ceiling and you’ll see the emblems of the many regiments who served during World War II and the Malayan ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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