If you ever go to Bogor Botanical Garden, a must place to visit within the park is the Lady Raffles Memorial Monument.
If you enter to the main entrance, you will see the lovely memorial monument built by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles , a Lieutenant Governor of the East Indies, which in power from 1818 -1824. This monument is built as a memory to his wife, Olivia Mariamne Devenish or known as Lady Raffles
Raffles is known as someone who loves Java very much and then poured into the book o“History of Java”. Borobudur Temple and Bogor Botanical Garden are proof of Raffles’ love for Javanese society and culture. Lady Raffles also has the same love with the community and culture of Java.
Raffles who had lived in Bogor Palace then “juggle” land around the Bogor Palace into a beautiful park like in England. This was the embryo of the Bogor Botanical Gardens. This place is also a favorite place of Lady Raffles
At the death of his wife, Raffles who loves his wife made a monument in the Bogor Botanical Garden. He also wrote a poem for his beloved wife
Oh thou whom neer my constant heart
One moment hath forgot
Tho fate severe hath bid us part
Yet still – forget me not
This monument is witness to Raffles’s love for Olivia or Lady Raffles
How to get here (see the route map):
For a map illustration, click here, or see the map below.