Merlion Park is a famous spot in Singapore located at One Fullerton, Singapore, near the Central Business District. It is where you can see an iconic landmark statue, a mythical icon with a lion’s head and a body of a fish which represents the history of the city. Singapore’s Original name was “Lion City.” The fish stands for its origin since this site was used to be a fishing village before it was reconstructed.
This was built by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng to purposely welcome all visitors to Singapore. It was unveiled on September 15, 1972, by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the mouth of the Singapore River.
Since the statue could no longer be viewed clearly from the waterfront upon the completion of Esplanade Bridge in 1997, so in 2002, the Merlion has relocated 120 meters away from the original position to where it stands in Merlion Park today. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 meters and weighs 70 tons.
The park also houses a smaller Merlion statue. Known as the ‘Merlion cub’, it stands at 2 meters tall and weighs three tons.
The original sculpture and its cub are the most well-known among the seven approved Merlion statues in Singapore.
What To Do In Merlion Park?
- Capture your Souvenir Photo. Your tour wouldn’t be complete without taking a picture or a selfie in front of the Merlion Statue. Everyone loves to take a picture at this spot and make it their profile photo or a status image on their social media account such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Take pleasure in admiring the Bay. It is best to visit and gaze the bay at nighttime because you will surely enjoy the laser lights that would reflect on the water and the spot is colorful more at night.
- Hop on a bumboat. You can opt to go on a river cruise and explore other explore famous attractions – such as Boat Quay and Clarke Quay – along with the Singapore River.