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Lim Bo Seng Memorial

Lim Bo Seng Memorial

The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is a Singapore national monument that was erected in 1954 as a tribute to Major General Lim Bo Seng; a World War II hero.

He was commemorated for his many selfless acts to help Singapore before and during the Japanese occupation.

Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Park, Location & World War II Monument, Singapore

The renowned Hokkien businessman was responsible for creating a Malaysia-based intelligence network before the Japanese Secret Police arrested him in Ipoh.

He was held captive and made to undergo torture until his demise in Batu Gajah in June 1944. After his death, the Chinese Nationalist Government awarded him the rank of Major-General. In 1946, the British brought his remains to Singapore to give him a proper military burial at the MacRitchie Reservoir.

Both architecture and history enthusiasts come to appreciate this memorial. It was designed by prominent architect Ng Keng Siang, and it’s currently built on an area that was given by the government. The Chinese community helped to fund its construction.

The monument features a 3.6-meter-high bronze, marble, and concrete pagoda; a signature element of national Chinese architecture. Other elements include a three-tiered bronze roof, four lions at the base, and four bronze plaques which provide details of Lim’s life in Chinese, English, and Jawi (Malay), and Tamil.

It is also the only structure in the country that was ever built to commemorate a World War II hero.

The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is located at Esplanade Park on Connaught Drive, in the Downtown Core area of Singapore.

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