The National Monument is located nearby the famous Perdana Botanical Garden. With the inscription of an old Malay phrase “Untok Mengingati Jasa Pahlawan-pahlawan Yang Gugor” which translated as “To Remember the Service of Warriors Who Have Fallen”. The National Monument was built to commemorate and honor of the brave Malaysian soldiers who gave up their lives in the cause for peace and freedom especially during the Second World War and Malayan Emergency. It was designed by Felix de Weldon.
This historic sculpture has also marked its place in the book of records as one of the tallest bronze statues in the world with the height of 15.5 meters. The sculpture consists of seven bronze soldiers. Each of the soldier denoting one of the seven qualities. Those are leadership, unity, strength, vigilance, suffering, courage and sacrifice.The topmost figure, at the center, holds aloft the Malaysian flag.
The National Monument was built in 1966 and designed by an American architect named Felix de Weldon. Annually on 31st of July, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister as well as the heads of military and police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument.
The monument is accessible by public transportation. There are two stations nearby. One is Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter station and the other is Masjid Jamek LRT Station.
Image by: Naz Amir
7.00 a.m to 8.00 daily
There is no entrance fee.
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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.
As I was leaving the park that day, I was reminded of a scene from the movie Transformers. Optimus Prime, while trying to defend Earth from being destroyed by Megatron, said: “I rise, you fall.” To me, this phrase fits perfectly with Tugu Negara.
DR OH SEONG POR