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Merlion Park  

  Singapore , Singapore.
FREE

  • Botanical garden and park
    Category
    Botanical garden and park
  • duration
    Duration
    20 - 30 Minutes
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • tour guide
    Guided Tour
    Available
  • photographer
    Photographer
    Available
  • staircase
    Staircase
    Available
  • pets allowed
    Pets
    Allowed
  • Disability Friendly
    Disable
    Friendly
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • free wifi
    Free wifi
    Available
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • cctv
    Cctv
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

The Merlion Park located in the city-state of Singapore is a beautiful park installed with the unique Merlion structure.  The Merlion, a half-fish half-lion hybrid, Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The “Singa” or lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city”, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore’s history as “Temasek”, the ancient fishing village.

Merlion statue commanding presence standing 8.6 meters tall on the south bank of Singapore River. The Merlion statue attracts more number of tourists and has become a landmark in Singapore. With the head of a lion and fish-like body, the fountain-statue appeals to the onlookers. It looks amazing especially in the glowing lights turned on at night. From the viewing deck of the 2,500 square meter park, you can take a breathtaking view of the Merlion against the city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay. The area also comprises a promontory with terraced seating, as well as a boat landing point.

This statue was originally located at the Merlion Park along the Esplanade Bridge. The then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew got the installation of the statue done ceremoniously on 15 September 1972. Now, this statue has been shifted to a new place, which is near the One Fullerton Hotel. The lion head represents the lion that was spotted by Sang Nila Utama, a Srivijayan prince. The Malay Annals records the incident took place when the prince had re-discovered Singapura in 11AD. The fish tail of the Merlion represents the ancient city of Temasek which means sea in the Javanese language. It symbolizes the fact that Singapore was initially a humble fishing village even though now it has turned out to be one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.

The Merlion Statue was built by the late craftsmen Mr. Lim Nang Seng from cement fondue. Mr. Lim built another smaller version of the Merlion measuring 2 meters in height and weighing 3 tonnes. The body of this statue was made of cement while the skin was made of porcelain plates and the eyes comprised small red teacups. One can enjoy the beautiful views of Singapore’s colonial district when strolling in Merlion Park. There is a souvenir shop within its precincts that sells Merlion T-shirts as well as other gift items.


Tips

  • Take panorama shot to cover all attractions in one frame.
  • try to plan your trip to Merlion Park with your visit to Marina Bay, they are within walking distance and can be enjoyed as a whole.
  • Best to visit at twilight with the Merlion sprouting water towards the golden sunset.
  •  Stand on the left of the Merlion for the commanding view of Marina Bay Sands. Stand on the right of the Merlion for the glory of the city skyscrapers and the Singapore Flyer.
  • Take a river cruise from Clarke's Quay to get great photos from the water of the Merlions.
  • Don't go midday, Singapore is very hot and humid. Try from 5 to 6 pm. Sunrise in sg usually is around 7 pm

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Last Admission

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.9 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    1.0 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    1.3 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    1.3 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    1.0 KM
  • shopping mall
    Shopping Mall
    1.5 KM
  • metro
    Metro
    1.2 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.4 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    0.5 KM

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