Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens

Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens

Sandakan Death March memorial

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Commemorating Australian and British prisoners of war who died during the infamous Sandakan Death Marches to nearby Ranau, Kundasang War Memorial is worth a stop as you pass between Kinabalu Park and Poring or Ranau.

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In the shadow of the mountain. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
In the shadow of the mountain. Photo: Sally Arnold

Four peaceful, manicured gardens constitute the memorial: an Australian, English and Bornean garden each with various native plantings; and a Contemplation Garden with a reflecting pool and black granite plaques inscribed in gold with the names of the soldiers that died. The serene and poignant atmosphere is fittingly reverent. The memorial also displays a collection of newspaper clippings and memorabilia and a brief documentary film on the history of the Sandakan Death March can be viewed.

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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