National Monument, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The National Monument or Tugu Negara is not as popular as the Petronas Twin Towers yet its symbolism to the Malaysian people is as important.

“To Our Glorious Dead”

According to Wikipedia, it 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.

Each bronze sculpture represents leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice. Malaysians should also be proud that this is the largest bronze monument grouping in the world.

A dedication to Malaysia’s heroic fighters

The National Monument is located at Lake Gardens, Jalan Tugu off Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.