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HISTORY

Kundasang War Memorial & Gardens

Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died while in the Sandakan POW Camp and during the infamous “Death Marches” from Sandakan to Ranau during World War II. Students will also view a brief video on the history of the Sandakan death marches.

North Borneo Railway

Take a ride on the North Borneo Railway and relive the nostalgic romance of British North Borneo. Passengers hop on a British Vulcan Steam Train, fueled by wood straight out of the 1900s. Along the 4 hour journey, soak in the green vistas of sprawling paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts and buffaloes ambling in the distance. On board, passengers are treated to a tiffin-style lunch, comprising of Asian and continental cuisine. The train features five fully refurbished colonial-style passenger train carriages.

Sandakan Memorial Park

The Sandakan Memorial Park is sited on the original POW (Prisoners of War) camp which was set up during the WWII Japanese Occupation in 1942 – 1945. The camp was set up with British POWs and Australian POWs . In 1942 and 1943, the prisoners numbered some approximately 750 British and more than 1650 Australian soldiers and civilians. The war memorial has a pavilion dedicated to the prisoners of war that spent their days at the camp. The wall mounted displays of documented accounts of the prisoners lives at the camp, a model of the camp itself and accounts of the death marches.

Kota Kinabalu Walking Heritage Tour

The KK Heritage Walk unravels Kota Kinabalu’s rich history as you stroll along its streets. The walk is a guided tour of the city’s streets and landmarks, each with an interesting story of its own which dates back to pre-war, post-war and post-independence days. The 2-hour walk begins from the Independence Field (Padang) and takes you through various parts of the city. First stop is Australia Place, one of the oldest established sections of Kota Kinabalu is where the Australian soldiers first camped when they landed in Jesselton town in 1945. The walk then brings you to other historical buildings and monuments such as the Atkinson Clock which has been showing the time since 1905, Community Centre, Sabah Tourism Building, Jesselton Hotel.The tour will finish with a viewing of the Malaysia Monument, War Memorial and the City Council Building.

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