The Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) has declared the Singapore Conference Hall along Shenton Way and three memorials in Esplanade Park – the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, the Cenotaph and the Tan Kim Seng Fountain – as national monuments.

This takes the total number of national monuments in Singapore from 61 to 63, as the three memorials are regarded as one monument.

“They were selected for their architectural merit and social-historical significance that span across the different communities in Singapore,” said PMB in a statement.

Built in the 1960s, the Singapore Conference Hall was designed by pioneer architects Chan Voon Fee, William Lim and Lim Chong Keat.

The Tan Kim Seng Fountain was initially unveiled at Fullerton Square in 1882 to acknowledge the monetary contributions of Chinese philanthropist and businessman Tan Kim Seng towards the provision of a water supply to town in 1857.

Meanwhile, the Cenotaph was constructed in 1920 and commemorates those who left Singapore to fight in WWI and WWII. The Lim Bo Seng Memorial was constructed to recognise the efforts of war hero Lim Bo Seng in the lead up to the Japanese Occupation.