Sandakan Memorial Park Pavilion temporarily closed for refurbishment

The Interpretive Pavilion at the Sandakan Memorial Park in Sabah, Malaysia will be temporarily closed for refurbishment and is expected to reopen in April 2024. Visitors will still have access to the park itself, memorial obelisk and the guided app tour of the park during this time.

Sandakan Memorial Park was built on the grounds of the former Sandakan Prisoner of War camp and commemorates all Australian and British Prisoners of War who suffered or died at the camp and on the Sandakan Death Marches during the Second World War.

Inaugurated in 1999, the Sandakan Memorial Pavilion is built predominantly of hardwood timber and requires replacing to ensure it is safe and can withstand the harsh tropical climate. In the 2022-23 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced a funding commitment of $5.1 million to construct a replacement of the Pavilion. 

As part of this refurbishment the interpretive content within the Pavilion will also be refreshed.

For more information on Sandakan Memorial Park visit the DVA website, and stay tuned for news on the refurbished Pavilion’s unveiling.