With its deep port and central northern location, Lae is the home of industry and export in PNG. While vastly different from the commercial atmosphere of Port Moresby, Lae is very much responsible for a large portion of the annual Papua New Guinean economy.
With a population of around 150,000, Lae is home to the famous Morobe Cultural Show and offers visitors plenty of things to see and do. Be sure to take a trip to the Rainforest Habitat, which is located on the grounds of the University of Technology.
The Lae War Cemetery houses 2808 soldiers buried here as a result of the World War II operations in PNG. The cemetery is located in Memorial Drive and is opened most days with free entry. Another really interesting and lesser-known attraction in Lae is the Japanese Memorial, which is on the way to Wagang Village. Wagang Village is also called Sipala Village after the Myoko Maru that is aground just off the beach there. To get to the memorial, drive out past the Pistol Club and keep going towards Malahang. Just as you arrive at the Malahang Industrial Estate, take a right hand turn towards the coast and you’ll see the memorial half way along.
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