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Sai Wan War Memorial and Cemetery
Ranked #311 of 880 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: The island of Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. Most of those buried in this cemetery were killed at this time, or died later as internees or prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation. The remains of those who died as prisoners in Formosa (now Taiwan) were brought to Hong Kong for burial at Sai Wan in 1946. There are now 1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Sai Wan War Cemetery. 444 of the burials are unidentified. There are special memorials to 16 Second World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ho Man Tin) No 3 Muslim Cemetery, whose graves were lost. There are also 77 war graves of other nationalities from this period, the majority of them Dutch and 7 non-world war graves that the Commission maintains on behalf of the MoD. The cemetery contains special memorials to 12 First World War casualties buried in Kowloon (Ta Sek Ku) Mohammedan Cemetery, whose graves have since been lost. At the entrance to the cemetery stands the SAI WAN MEMORIAL bearing the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle of Hong Kong or subsequently in captivity and who have no known grave. Additional panels to the memorial form the SAI WAN CREMATION MEMORIAL, bearing the names of 144 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith, and the SAI WAN (CHINA) MEMORIAL, commemorating 72 casualties of both wars whose graves in mainland China could not be maintained. Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Colin St Clair Oakes.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We travelled to the cemetery on the MTR Island line then used the local mini bus service for the rest of the journey.
Take exit c and follow signs to the bottom of the escalators. The mini bus (no 16) was directly on the left and well sign posted.
I asked the driver to stop when we saw the signs for the cemetery.

As expected it’s beautifully kept. An amazing setting for reflection.
It’s quiet and peaceful surroundings are a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of city life only down the hill.

We were lucky when we left as we came across a taxi. Having said that, if you carry on walking up hill for about 10 mins a bus stop awaits that can take you back to Chai Wan, Shek O, Stanley and beyond.

Please don’t miss this!!

Thank Clarefstone
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Very east to get to, MTR then a bus. The bus will drop you off at the war cemetery. My wifes grandfather is remembered here. When leaving, you need to walk to the top of the hill to get a bus and its all up hill, right to the top.

Thank Mattsleeps
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We took the most and caught a bus up the steep hill (no English spoken by driver so look out on the right up the hill for the cemetery) We were visiting to pay our respects to my Grandad's wee brother. No other family member had ever been to Hong Kong, so very emotional to see his name. It is beautifully maintained and very peaceful. A long way from his home in Birmingham England. Never forgotten.

1  Thank Sharon C
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Take the Island line out to Chai Wan station. Taxi stand outside. We had an issue with the taxi drivers not having any idea as to where we wanted to go, and they didn't speak enough English to understand. Print off the address, location, name, google maps all in Chinese! Finally we had someone help us, and we made it up the hill, cost was maybe 28HKD, cheap.
I wouldn't recommend walking up to it, it's a good uphill hike.
Coming down was easy, and it was maybe 15 minutes back to the Metro station.
This is a lovely place, well laid out, well cared for, and a necessary place for everyone to visit.
I've visited the CWGC in Belgium, France and Gallipoli, this one is obviously along the same lines.
If you had family in the war, if you love history, if you are military, if you care about the sacrifice of these young men, (and one woman that I could see), please visit and pay your respects.
HK isn't just about shopping and money.

3  Thank KW M
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Burial Ground for the Canadian and other Allied Force who fall down defense Hong Kong during Second World War.

Lovely view of the harbor, peaceful and beautiful spot.

One of Hong Kong best kept secrets!!

1  Thank Michael L
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