Currently the world’s tallest freestanding bronze sculpture grouping in the world, Tugu Negara or the National Monument is dedicated to soldiers who served during World War I, World War II and Malaysia’s fight for independence.
Jalan Tugu, off Jalan Parlimen,
50480, Kuala Lumpur
Tugu Negara (National Monument) is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most visited attractions for tourists. At a height of 15 meters, it is believed to be the world’s tallest bronze sculpture.
The sculpture was erected in 1964 to commemorate fallen warriors who served the country during the fight for independence, especially during the World War II Japanese occupation and the ‘Malayan Emergency’ – a guerilla war that took place from 1948 to 1960 between the Malayan Communist Party and British colonial troops.
Designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, the mastermind behind one of the most famous military monuments in America, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Washington D.C., Tugu Negara was unveiled to the public in 1966.
The Tugu Negara monument consists of seven soldiers representing strength, courage, unity, leadership, vigilance, suffering and sacrifice. The monument’s granite base bears Malaysia’s old coat-of-arms with inscriptions in English and Jawi script with the words “Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom, May the blessing of Allah be upon them”.
Also on-site is a cenotaph originally built by the British administration to commemorate World War I.
Tugu Negara is situated in the northern part of the Perdana Botanical Garden.
Next door is a magnificent landscape park, which contains an array of fountains and the ASEAN Sculpture Garden, a collection of interesting figures of wood, marble, iron, and bamboo crafted by Asian artists.
Open daily from 7:00am – 6:00pm
How to get to Tugu Negara (National Monument)
The National Monument is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Travellers can walk from KL Sentral Station or Pasar Seni (Central Market) LRT Station, which is located about 15 minutes from the monument. Alternatively, visitors may take the KTM train and stop at Kuala Lumpur station located about 12 minutes away.
If you are on the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus, stop at KL Sentral, Pasar Seni or Kuala Lumpur Station.