Sandakan Memorial Park
Puu Jih Shih Temple
Architecturally, the Puu Jih Shih is one of the finer Chinese temples in Sabah: wrapped in the usual firework-colour display of reds,...
Located beyond the Chinese cemetery grounds, this is a poignant piece of Sandakan's ethnic puzzle. The gravesite was founded in the...
Sam Sing Kung
The Sam Sing Kung temple (also pronounced 'Sam Sing Gong') dates from 1887, making it the oldest building in Sandakan. The name means...
Sim Sim Seafood Restaurant
Located in the heart of the Sim Sim stilt village, this 'restaurant' is more of a dockside fishery, where the daily catch is unloaded...
Lonely Planet review
This park marks the site of a Japanese POW camp and starting point for the infamous WWII 'death marches' to Ranau. Of the 1800 Australian and 600 British troops imprisoned here, the only survivors by July 1945 were six Australian escapees. Today the site of the POW camp has been converted into a quiet forest orchard and series of gardens.
Large, rusting machines testify to the camp's forced-labour program, and a pavilion at the park's centre includes accounts from survivors and photographs from personnel, inmates and liberators. In 2006 the original march route was officially reopened as a memorial trail – see www.sandakan-deathmarch.com for details.
To reach the park, take any Batu 8 (or higher-numbered) bus from the local bus station in the city centre (RM1.80); get off at the 'Taman Rimba' signpost and walk down Jln Rimba. A taxi from downtown costs about RM25 one way.