Photo: Lest we forget.

Sandakan Memorial Park

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On the site of a World War II prisoner of war camp, Sandakan Memorial Park is dedicated to those who lost their lives here in the camp, on the infamous “Sandakan Death Marches” and at Ranau, where the marches ended. The memorial also commemorates the local heroes of the underground resistance movement. It's a beautiful place, with a terrible history.

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A small museum explains the history with poignant personal stories of the unfathomable conditions and of how 2,428 British and Australian servicemen perished on the forced 265 kilometre marches through the muddy jungles. There were only six survivors to tell the tale.

It's a peaceful memorial. Photo taken in or around Sandakan Memorial Park, Sandakan, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

It's a peaceful memorial. Photo: Sally Arnold

The beautifully landscaped gardens and ponds are a moving remembrance and offer a moment of quiet contemplation. Maps and signboards mark a few remaining rusty relics and the layout of the former camp. Today the peaceful park seems a far cry from the atrocities that took place here and is popular with ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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