A perfect place for history enthusiasts, the Sandakan Memorial Park is located 11 km outside of Sandakan. It is located on the original site of the World War II POW (prisoners of war) camp. The memorial park tells the tragedy and atrocity occurred between January and August 1945 in the form of pictures and information panels displayed in the park and pavilion. The site was the starting point of the infamous Death March ordered by the Japanese soldiers, which claimed the lives of approximately 2400 Australian and British prisoners of war (POW).
The rusting remains of an excavator, generator and a boiler still lie in their original positions in the memorial park. The Sandakan Memorial Park is the venue for the annual Anzac Day, 25 April, and Sandakan Day 15 August services.
Pix: Jistasika Paulus
|An old boiler inside the park|