The Tugu Kebangsaan is the National Monument of Malaysia. It is a tall sculpture which was built to commemorate the heroes and warriors who sacrificed for the freedom and independence of the country.
Most commemorative structure of national heroes
Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Tugu, this sculpture has a significant bearing in the history of Malaysia as it honours those who died fighting the Japanese occupation in World War II and during the Malayan Emergency between 1948 and 1960 where it is currently the tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping in the world.
In memory of Warrior’s Day
Malaysia celebrates Warriors’ Day on the 31st of July each year where the leaders of the country will pay their respects here by laying garlands on the monument in memory of those who were scarified. On this day, there will be all types of events to remember those who sacrificed during the war for the betterment of the nation.
Within historical sites and tourist attractions
Anyone who is visiting Kuala Lumpur and learning about the history here must visit the National Monument through the historical trail of the city. The Tugu Kebangsaan is one structure that can be seen on a small hill near the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur not far from the iconic Parliament building.
Background of Tugu Kebangsaan
This sculpture was commissioned in 1963 and was designed by Felix de Weldon, an Austrian sculptor who created the 15-meters tall, bronze monument. This monument was enacted to remind the people of unity, strength, sacrifice, courage, suffering and vigilance through the group of soldiers depicted where 2 were lying injured and one holding the Malaysian flag majestically.