National Monument 13 Dec 2009

Posted: December 13, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0912 As we travel along Jalan Parliament and towards the Lake Gardens, close to Parliament House stands the National Monument or Tugu Negara. We had been here before, but we did not take our camera and take photos here. This time, we did. And, a lot of tourists visited here. We met with tourists from India, Korea, and Europe.

"Built in honour of those who had fought and fell in World War II and the seven soldiers atop the national monument symbolise the loyalty, sacrifice and co-operation of the people of Malaysia."

This is one of the world’s largest freestanding bronze sculptures. It is a great bronze sculpture erected to commemorate the soldiers who gave up their lives in the triumph during World War II and the Emergency (1948-60).

It was designed by the famous sculptor, Felix de Weldon, who also designed the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington. The 15.54 metre high bronze monument depicts seven soldiers symbolising the seven qualities of leadership.

The seven men from the Malaysian Armed Forces holding the national flag, each symbolising one of seven qualities: leadership, unity, strength, vigilance, suffering, courage and sacrifice. This monument sits on a tranquil spot, surrounded by a pool of water fountains and water lilies made of pewter.

Daddy was busy carried the tripod and taking our photographs. in front of the water fountains and the pavilion as well. We were there around 10:00am, and spending about  one and a half hour there. Then, we go back home.

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