National Monument - Tugu Negara, Kuala Lumpur

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    Tugu Negara

    by mary2u99 Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    This monument is situated overlooking the Lake Gardens. The huge bronze monuments was built to pay tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during Communist Insurgency in the 1950s.

    It is designed by Felix de Weldon , the architect of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial.

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    National Monument - Tugu Negara

    by chiabh Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Tugu Negara is the country's symbol of freedom and is made up of seven bronze figures, with one holding the national flag aloft. It commemorates fallen heroes who died during the two world wars and the Emergency (communists insurgency) from 1948 to 1960.

    Designed by American sculptor Felix de Weldon who also designed Washington DC's Iwo Jima Memorial, the area has 5 main features: the Monument, a long reflecting pool with fountains, a crescent-shaped pavilion housing the insignias of various Commonwealth nations' armed forces, the cenotaph in rememberance of those who died and the surrounding ancilliary gardens.

    A wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Monument every Warriors Day which is observed on July 31 annually.

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    The Cenotaph - Relocated from the Railway Station

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 11, 2008

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    On the same hill as the National Monument - in Taman Tasik Perdana - sits the Cenotaph, a monument the English erected for the soldiers who died in World Wars I and II and in the Emergency between 1948 and 1960.

    It was created after World War I and initially stood near the Railway Station but was relocated to this park in 1966 when the National Monument was completed.

    Cenotaphs are memorials for people whose remains lie somewhere else. The word derives from Greek and means: empty tomb.

    The Cenotaph sits near the National Monument.
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    Replica of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 10, 2008

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    The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is located on a little hill not far from Parliament. It is dedicated to the people who died in World War II and in the fight against the Communist rebellion, the so-called Emergency (1948 to 1960).

    The massive 15.54 metre high statue is a replica of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC. Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Raman, wanted this replica because the original had impressed him on a visit to the USA.

    The statue in Kuala Lumpur is made of bronze and was created by Felix de Weldon in Italy. It sits on a white platform, surrounded by a water filled ditch which features spraying fountains.

    Seven soldiers, golden towers.
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  • National Monument-Under Construction?

    by yen_2 Written Jul 25, 2003

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    Yap...I've been there but unfortunately the place was renovated. We're not allowed to go up there and visit the Monument itself instead the guide let us see the garden that most of the Asian countries contributed a flowers in the garden before you go up the Monument....So, the photo was taken in that area..KL has realy very pretty tree branches and are very green..So, you can see the result!

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    National Monument (Tugu Negara)

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Used to be a must-see for all local tourists to Kuala Lumpur. The Naitonal Monument is a giant bronze sculpture of several patriotic soldiers holding up the Malaysian flag.

    Malaysia obtained indepenced from colonial Britain peacefully. But in the early days, there were communist insurgencies as well as threats from Indonesia and Philippines as both countires have territorial claims over the new Malaysia.

    The National Monument is surrounded by pleasant water fountains. It reminds one of the famous sculpture of Iowa Jima of the raising of US flag during WWII.

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    National Monument, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    by TrendsetterME Written Feb 27, 2012

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    The National Monument 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.

    It is the world's tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping. Every year on July 31 on Warriors' Day, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument.

    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.

    The granite base of the monument bears the old coat of arms of Malaysia, flanked on either side by inscriptions in English in Latin script and Malay in Jawi script.

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    The Symbolism of the Tugu Negara

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 10, 2008

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    The higest figure of the National Monument holds the Malaysian flag and demonstrates unity and strength.

    The men to his left and to his right symbolise courage, vigilence and leadership. Another one in the middle who holds a wounded comrade stands for the sacrifices and the suffering of the soldiers. In total, seven soldiers are included in the monument.

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    Interesting View to the Petronas Towers

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 11, 2008

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    Although the sky was very milky and not really clear when I visited Kuala Lumpur you could still get interesting views and angles from many spots in the city – and imagine how fantastic it would be on a clear day ;-)

    If you have a very close look at this photo you can see the Petronas Twin Towers in a gap of the shrubbery on the right side.

    Below the National Monument is the Asean Sculpture Garden which features a lot of water features and … you guess it … sculptures.

    Zoom in through the trees and shrubs!
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    National Monument

    by limledi Updated Feb 19, 2010

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    Situated overlooking the KL Lake Gardens, the huge bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Communist Insurgency in the 1950s.

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    National Monument or Tugu Negara

    by reezal Updated Jun 12, 2005

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    The National Monument, which depicts a group of soldiers holding up a national flag, was constructed in 1966 and was designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was also responsible for the famed Iwo Jima Memorial Monument in Washington

    It commemorates those who had sacrificed their lives in the cause of peace and freedom

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    National monument pictorials..

    by jv_impossible Updated May 4, 2008

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    the place is one of the many attractions in kuala lumpur.they have a good monument and best time to see if its not sunny day.better if you go in the afternoon when the sun goes down and enjoy some pictorials

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    The National Monument

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 22, 2004

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    This monument was designed by Felix de Weldon in 1966. The 15.54 meters tall bronze monument was constructed to honour Malaysia’s fallen heroes during foreign occupation and the world wars. It is one of the tallest freestanding sculptures of the world.

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    National Monument

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    The National Monument is dedicated to those who have died in the cause of peace and freedom.

    Located at the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur the monument comprises seven bronze figures which stand on the oblong base in the centre of the reflecting pool. The figures represent different branches of the Malaysian security forces.

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    National Monument

    by dragontml Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    View the 15.5m National Monument, dedicated to the nation's fallen heroes, the bronze monument depicts seven military figures from the Malaysian Armed Forces holding the national flag. It is designed by US sculptor Felix de Weldon, whose other famous works include the two Jima Memorial in Washington DC.

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