11.12.2007 @ Kundasang War
Memorial Park is like a fort on a hill, located immediately behind the row of shops.
Kundasang War Memorial Park was build by a New Zealander to remember the 2,428 Australian and British prisoners of war who died during World War 2 at Sandakan Camp, the 3 infamous forced death marches from Sandakan to Ranau " a walk to hell " and as tribute to the many local people who risked their lives to help the war prisoners. Only Six Australians survived to the horror. There were no English survivors.
The designed was by a local resident
architect. It has four interlocking but separate Gardens to represent the homelands of those
who died: an Australian Garden, a formal English Garden of roses, a Borneo Garden with wild flowers of Kinabalu and at the top level is the contemplation Garden with a reflection pool and pergola.
The park was beautified and restored on year 2005 during the 60th anniversary of the year
end World War 2. The garden was now replanted with roses namely The Dark Lady Rose, Father Hugo's Rose, Rose Ballerina, Eden Climber Roses, Constance Spry Rose, Distant
Drums, Powder Puff, Sexy Rexy, Rosa madame Gregoire Staechelin, Amaryllis Blooms. Kinabalu Park is Borneo botanical paradise. It is home to
about 1,200 species of orchids, 26 species of rhododendrons, 9 species of Nepenthes pitcher plants, so here at the park can also find some of the most interesting and famous ones such as the exceptionally rare Rothschild's Slipper Orchid ( Paphiopedilum
Rothschildianum ) is so coveted, it is also knowns as " Kinabalu Gold " and
the Lobelia Borneensis Orchids. Last but not least is my favourite which I found it extremely
rare and difficult to find the Magnolia. It produce a very strong
fragrance that capture your mind and soul. It is so hard to find nowaday. I was so amazed and
enjoyed myself with all the plants.