The National Monument or known locally as "Tugu Negara" was built to commemorate fallen soldiers during the nation's struggle against the threat of communism. Within the National Monument grounds is one of the world's largest free-standing bronze sculptures. It was sculpted in 1966 by Felix de Weldon, who was also the creator of the famous Iwo Jima monument in Washington DC.
Seven bronze figures atop an oblong base denote one of seven qualities: courage, leadership, sacrifice, strength, suffering, unity and vigilance. The topmost figure, in the centre, holds aloft the Malaysian flag. He is flanked on the left and right by two other soldiers, both armed; the figure on the left is armed with a machinegun while the other carries a bayonet-attached rifle.
Next to the National Monument are the ASEAN Gardens and the Tun Razak Memorial, which houses memorabilia of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.