Sunday, June 23, 2024

Kuala Lumpur Gardens and Monuments

The King's Palace, visible in the distance through the ornate gates, definitely helps one understand the phrase, "It is good to be the King."


                        A changing ceremony of the horseback-mounted guards takes place every few hours.

The National Monument, or Tugu Nagara, commemorates those who died in the Malaysian struggle for freedom, particularly against the Japanese occupation in WWII and also the Malayan Emergency which lasted from 1948-1960. A very complicated affair pitting the communist Malayan National Liberation Army against the British administration, Britain labeled it a 'national emergency' because insurance companies would not pay claims arising from a 'civil war.'

The statue was designed by Felix de Weldon, who was the architect for the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. 

                                         The Botanical Garden features several varieties of orchids. 


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