Monday, March 11, 2013

Merlion Park in Singapore

Singapore is know by many unofficial and poetic nicknames; the Lion City being the more popular one.  So it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of most famous tourist spots here would involve a 8.6 meter high statue of this majestic beast (well, half of it is anyway).

A crowded Merlion Park on a hot Friday afternoon

Located along One Fullerton, the 2,500 sqm. Merlion Park is home to this 70 ton Singaporean heavyweight icon.  A mythical creature -- a chimera with a lion's head on top of a fish's body, spewing out water from its gigantic mouth.

The Merlion up close

The Merlion is an iconic symbol of the country; each piece representing a part of the city-state's humble past -- the fish's body to signify the country's origin as a fishing village, and the lion's head as a reminder of its former name, Singapura ("lion city").

Who know that such a simple icon can hold so much meaning to a nation and its past?


Merlion Park 
One Fullerton
Singapore 049213

Planning to visit?  Drop by my "Getting Around Singapore" post (click here) for more details on how to get around the Lion City.


  1. Ow, that explains the Merlion pala. :) I learned something new. :)

  2. You've never been to SG unless you have a picture with the Merlion! Haha.

    This area really looks more impressive with the Marina in the background.


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