The National Monument | Tugu Negara
The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is situated in the northern part of the Botanical Garden. It is the most treasured monument of Kuala Lumpur, as well as being one of the most interesting attractions of the city for tourists. Towering 15 meters high, it is thought to be among the highest bronze sculptures in the world.
The monument commemorates the warriors that lost their lives in the fight for Malaysian independence, in particular during the Japanese occupation of World War II and the so called Malayan Emergency – the colonial military conflict between British troops and the armed wing of Malay communist party, which took place between 1948 and 1960.
The blueprints for this grandiose monument were drawn up by the Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who had previously created one of America’s most important military monuments: the famous U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, which is installed in the suburbs of Washington D.C. After plans were approved, Tugu Negara was unveiled in 1966.
The National Monument is a group composition consisting of seven figures depicting soldiers, one of whom holds Malaysian flag. The seven bronze sculptures symbolize leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage, and sacrifice.
A magnificent landscape park, which contains an array of fountains and an ASEAN Sculpture Garden, is found near to Tugu Negara. A collection of interesting figures of wood, marble, iron, and bamboo, which were crafted by modern Asian artists, is also on display in this garden.