Tuesday, September 22, 2009

National Monument / Tugu Negara

Do you even think of having a city tour in Kuala Lumpur? If yes, where are those places of interest or prominent buildings to look for in the capital city of Malaysia? The second series of Malaysian banknote might offer you some ideas on where you should drop by to enjoy the landmark of Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. I recently have revisited these places.

Depicted on the reverse of RM1 is the Tugu Negara or the National Monument which was built in 1966 to commemorate those who sacrificed in Malaysia's struggle for freedom especially against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the during 12 years Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960.

This monument was design by an Austrian sculptor, Felix de Weldon. It is 15 meters (49.21 feet) tall and is made up of bronze. The monument depicts a group of soldiers holding the Jalur Gemilang, the Malaysian national flag. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.

The 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknote that depicts the National Monument on the reverse of the RM1 note.

Tugu Negara located at Kuala Lumpur city

Besides visiting this monument, one can also enjoy various parks nearby to this monument such as the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Lake Gardens and Butterfly Park. There are also few museums available at this tourist spot. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament and National Mosque are also situated not far away from the monument.

1 comment:

mou meng said...

I am quite ashamed as a Malaysian as I have not visited some of these spots. I got lost the last time when I tried visiting the Tugu Negara. :(