Plaza Cuartel, Puerto Princesa

3.1
#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Palawan Island
Behind a cathedral and near the old fort sits Plaza Cuartel, dedicated to the memory of the American soldiers who were burned alive by the Japanese in World War II. Near the end of the war, Japanese forces imprisoned 143 American soldiers and forced them to enter the narrow tunnel, which they doused with gasoline and set on fire. See the memorial plates and pictures of the 11 survivors. The memorial stone in the center of the square--topped by a figurine of a man in chains--bears the names of all the solders from the garrison. Use our Puerto Princesa attractions planner to arrange your visit to Plaza Cuartel and other attractions in Puerto Princesa.
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  • We went to visit the Cathedral and found this hidden gem across the street. It had a not too well maintained historical display outlining the murder of US service men in WWII who were prisoners of...  more »
  • To learn about the history of this site was a great experience for this US military veteran. There is even a book written by one of the soldiers who escaped, but to visit the place itself was truly.....  more »
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  • I like the place, a historic place where you can really feel the untouched/unreplaced structures though they are only few, but still intact. Its just a small place, but it is beside the cathedral chapel so easy to go to. I just rate it four star because not really a perfect place to have a tour.
  • Such a well preserved piece of history. It should be more well known
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