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Friday, November 20, 2009

Tugu Negara (National Monument) at Kuala Lumpur

Tugu Negara Malaysia(National Monument)
We visited this park after our late breakfast on Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur. This was my second time visit the National Monument. It's actually nice to walk around the area...

It's also a nice place for photography

The entrance of the National Monument

You will pass by the Lotus Pool before the monument. I like the design of the iron Lotus in the water.

Once you pass by the pool, the Tugu Negara Malaysia (National Monument) is in front of us!

"Tugu Negara, literally the "National Monument" in Malay, is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency , which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument.
The monument depicts a group of
soldiers holding the Malaysian national flag, the Jalur Gemilang, aloft. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.
Every year on July 31,
Hari Pahlawan (Heroes Day), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police would pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument." For more info, please click here.

Constructed in 1966, the monument is 15 meters ( 49.21 feet) tall, made of bronze and was designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was also responsible for the famed USMC War Memorial in Virginia, United States.

In 27 August 1975, the monument suffered extensive damage due to an explosion set off by a communist terrorist. It has since been restored to its original state on 11 May 1977. A fence was then erected and the complex was declared a protected area between sunset and dawn. Every day at dusk, a soldier raises the national flag and lowers it at dawn.

My daughter was happily running around the area and I was busy snapping photos at the surrounding...

The path to walked back to the entrance will pass by this small hall which was full of name on the ceiling.

The names of the Heroes...

we spent about an hour here. Relaxing and refreshing.
Before we leave the park, I noticed this cafe which situated on the small hill. It's named Tuguview Cafe. Looks nice decorated.

Decoration on the wall


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