Lim Bo Seng Memorial

Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Singapore , Ng Keng Siang, public art

Public Art: Lim Bo Seng Memorial

Architect: © Ng Keng Siang

Description: The memorial to one of Singapore's greatest war heroes, Lim Bo Seng (27th April, 1909 – 29th June, 1944) is made from white marble in a pagoda style and is guarded by four bronze lions.

Date Unveiled: The Lim Bo Seng Memorial was unveiled by Commander-in-Chief Far East Land Forces, Lieutenant-General Charles Loewen, on the 10th anniversay of his death on the 29th of June, 1954.

Location: The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is located in the Esplanade Park, Singapore.

Insciptions :


Gazetted as a National Monument on 28 December 2010

The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is one of the three Esplanade Park Memorials gazette as a National Monument . It was erected to commemorate Lim Bo Seng, a member of the underground resistance section of Force 136, who was brutally tortured to death in Batu Gajah Prison by the Japanese intelligence during the Second World War. A Lim Bo Seng Memorial committee was established to raise funds for this memorial. It was unveiled on Lim Bo Seng's 10th death anniversary on 29 June 1954, by Commander-in-Chief Far East Land Forces, Lieutenant-General Charles Loewen. Local architect Ng Keng Siang designed the memorial, and Commissioner General for Southeast Asia, Malcolm MacDonald, laid the foundation stone on 3 November 1953.




Major General Lim Bo Seng was born on the 27th April, 1909, in Nan-An, Fukien, China. He came to Singapore at the age of 16. After studying at Raffles Institution and Hong Kong University, he inerited his father's business in Malay. Since 1937 he became prominent in Anti-Japanese activities. When Singapore fell in 1942 , he went to Chungking and on instructions from the Chinese Government , he joined the underground resistance section of 136 Force under the Supreme Allied Command Southeast Asia on 2nd November 1943. As commanding officer of the Malayan Chinese section, he landed from a submarine at Bagan Datch in Perak to join the British and Chinese officers already working in Malaya with the anti-Japanese forces. Later he left the jungle to work in Ipoh, but he was discovered and arrested by the Japanese Military Police on 27th March,1944. He manfully endured repeated tortures to which he ultimately succumbed on 29th June, 1944, at the age of 35. He died in the Batu Gajah prison, a martyr to the cause of a liberated Malaya and to his own loyalty to his comrades. On the 13th January, 1946, he was buried with full military honours in Singapore.

Erected by

The Lim Bo Seng Memorial Committee
29th June, 1954


Things you may not know about Lim Bo Seng : In his final letter to his wife, Lim Bo Seng wrote  'You must not grieve for me. You should take pride in my sacrifice and devote yourself to upbringing of the children. Tell them what happened to me and direct them to my footsteps'.

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