Photo: The entrance to Kundasang War Memorial.

Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens

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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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It's particularly interesting for anyone keen on the World War II history of Sabah, or North Borneo at the time. In 1945 Japanese captors forced the allied POWs to march the 265 kilometre stretch which resulted in the deaths of 2,428 soldiers, widely considered to be one of the worst atrocities of the war. The memorial also remembers local Sabahans who suffered trying to assist the captives. The site was selected in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, as according to local beliefs, the mountain harbours the souls ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)


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