One of the most beautiful areas to admire Singapore in all its splendor is the Merlion Park. In this park, under the skyscrapers of the bay and next to the sea, is where the most well-known statue of Merlion located.
Half fish and half lion, Merlion is the image of Singapore. An image that you will find throughout the city. It was designed in 1964 by the Singapore Ministry of Tourism.
The lion’s head represents the lion that Prince Sang Nila Utama discovered when he re-discovered Singapore in the eleventh century. The fish tail represents the fishing past of the city, when it was still known as Temasek.
Fact About The Statue of Merlion
- Initially Merlion was located near the mouth of the Singapore River. However, when the construc-tion of the motor bridge-esplanade was completed, it closed the view of the statue from the sea. The abandoned lion, even stopped emitting water for a while.
Therefore, in the early 2000s, a new concept for the embankment was developed. And in 2002 Merlion, along with a pedestal on barges, was moved 120 m downstream and placed right in front of the One Fullerton hotel.
- The statue of Merlion looks to the east – a direction that brings success and prosperity. This fa-vorable orientation persisted even after moving in 2002.
- On the last day of the winter of 2009, lightning struck the Merlion’s head, as a result of which no-ticeable holes appeared on the top of the pedestal. Within a month workers returned the poor fel-low an original blossoming view, at the same time equipping it with a lightning rod.
The park receives more than 1 million visitors per year and is part of the Fullerton Heritage.
In the Merlion Park you will see two statues of the Merlion: one of small size and one gigantic, 8.6 meters high, with a jet of water coming out of the mouth. The grand statue faces the bay with the Marina Bay Sands in front and the Fullerton Hotel at back. Don’t forget to make one of the typical pictures of Singapore next to the large statue of the Merlion with heaps of tourists crowd.
In total, there are several official statues of the Merlion in Singapore: two figures are installed in the Merlion Park, one is located in the form of a high tower on Sentosa Island, one on the top of the Faber mountain and one near the office of the Singapore Tourist Board.
The Merlion Park can be visited at any time of the day, although the best time is when Singapore dresses up at night. The image of the Singapore skyscrapers illuminated with Merlion on the front will become the postcard that will appear in your mind every time you think of the city.
How to Get to The Merlion Park
You can take any of these buses: 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 531, 532, 533, 534 and hop off on the station called Fullerton Square. Or you can take a metro and go to the Raffles Place station that is 5 minutes walking from the Merlion Park.
From the Merlion Park you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the incredible skyline of Singapore. And, of course, take a picture with the main statue that is impressive not only by its size, but by special harmony and individuality.