This memorial was built in honour of civilian victims of the Japanese Occupation in Singapore from 1942 to 1945.
Located at the War Memorial Park along Beach Road, the Civilian War Memorial commemorates civilian victims of the Japanese Occupation in Singapore from 1942 to 1945. It was unveiled by Singapore’s first prime minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, on 15 February 1967, exactly 25 years after Singapore fell to Japanese forces. The memorial is built over a burial chamber that contains exhumed remains of civilian war victims. Today, the memorial is an important landmark in Singapore’s Civic District and walking tours often make a stop here. Locals and visitors alike enjoy taking photos in this beautifully landscaped park, which also offers a quiet spot for reflection amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Memorial services are held here on 15 February every year to remember the victims of the war. Admission is free.