Tugu Negara | National Monument in Kuala Lumpur
Because of my nephew Jack, I revisit Tugu Negara after 2 decades, on the last day of 2016. Jack read about Tugu Negara in his text book and wish to see the bronze soldiers statue in real during his short holidays in KL. My first visit was during school field trip, all I remember is just the bronze soldier statue in a middle of a big square. Now, it become so stunning after some renovation not long ago.
Plaza Tugu Negara is located at the foothill of Tugu Negara, just walk straight for about 50m there is a wide stairways going up to the Tugu Negara. Inside the plaza, it has ASEAN Sculpture Garden (see Picture above), rest places, shops that selling food and snacks, public toilets and even Free WIFI. There are families picnic at the rest place next to the beautiful garden.
Upon reaching the top, we first saw The Cenotaph (The first Monument) with inscription "Untok Mengingat Jasa Pahlawan-Pahlawan Yang Gugor - To Our Glorious Dead". Originally located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, the Cenotaph has moved to current location (National Monument) in 1964. Built to commemorate the fallen heroes on World War I (1914–1918), World War II (1939–1945) and Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), where the latter is added into inscription after moved.
Opposite The Cenotaph is a crescent shaped Pavillion, located between the Cenotaph and Bronze Sculpture. The Pavilion's rooftop has 3 golden onion-shaped domes - the one in the middle has the symbol of crescent (symbol of Islamic) and a 14-pointed star (represent represents the equal status of the 13 Federation members and the Federal government) on top of the dome.
This is one of the best spot to capture the stunning view of the Bronze Sculpture overlook Kuala Lumpur city from Pavillion.
The beautiful fountain is one of the attractions in Tugu Negara that shouldn't be miss out according to Jack.
Beneath the center dome, there is this area circle up by black metal grille where the National Emblem and 13 States Emblems attached on it. It was lock up and not allow for visit inside - probably is to protect the historical place where the opening ceremony place was held on Feb 8, 1966 by 15th Sultan of Terengganu Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah.
Captured by Jack - KL Tower and partial of KLCC view from National Monument.
Finally rain stop and we get to see second Monument - The Bronze Sculpture. Constructed in 1966, the 15.54 meters (49.21 feet) tall sculpture was designed by Felix de Weldon, who also designed The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington County, Virginia, United States. That explain why the soldiers looks more like European more than Malaysian.
"Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom, May the blessing of Allah be upon them"
Words inscribed on the granite-based of the Bronze Sculpture in both English and Jawi script with the National Emblem (Coat of arm) in the middle. The bronze sculpture is built to commemorates those who died during the World War II and Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). It depicts 7 bronze figures of soldiers, each of which symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice. The 5 standing figures represents the victorious allied forces while the other 2 figures that lie on the ground represents that of the defeated communist forces.
The concept of a national monument was mooted by Malaysia's first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was inspired by the Marine Corps War Memorial during his visit to the United States in October 1960, before personally meeting Felix de Weldon for a favour to design the monument. [Souce from Wikipedia]
It's glad to be here again since my first visit during school field trip. By the way, there is a RM650 million transformation project known as Taman Tugu going on at the park behind Tugu Negara, launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak last year September - The project, which spans an area of 26.7ha (66 acres), will conserve the tropical forest besides building recreational facilities for public, just like Hype Park, London or Central Park, New York.
Take KTM Komuter - alight at "Bank Negara Station". Walk along Jalan Parlimen towards Lake Gardens, around 15-minute walking distance.