Merlion Park, The Lion-mermaid Symbol Of Singapore

The Merlion is an imaginary being half fish half lion, symbol of Singapore. And his most famous statue is in a park named after him.
Merlion Park, the lion-mermaid symbol of Singapore

The Merlion is a unique creature that has become the symbol of Singapore. You will find a sculpture of this fantastic being in the park that, precisely, bears his name and that is one of the essential places to visit in this small Asian country. Do you want to know more about him? Then join us.

What is the Merlion ?

Merlion in Singapore
Merlion – VICHAILAO /

The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish that was designed in the mid-1960s as an image of the country’s Ministry of Tourism. His name combines the words ‘mer’, which means sea, and ‘lion’, lion. And why this strange mix?

Well, the fish body represents Singapore’s origins as a fishing village. Back then, it wasn’t even called Singapore. It was known as Temasek, which literally means ‘fishing town’ in Javanese, the language of the island of Java.

The lion’s head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, which means ‘lion city’. Thus, you can find statues that represent this imaginary being in many places in Singapore: on Sentosa Island, on Mount Faber …

However, the most famous and photographed is the one in Marina Bay, which is located precisely in the beautiful Merlion Park.

Singapore’s most famous Merlion is located in Marina Bay

Marina Bay, one of the places in Singapore
Marina Bay – Luciano Mortula – LGM /

Yes, the most famous mermaid lion statue in the whole city is in the nerve center of the city, in Marina Bay. This is the busiest and best known space in Singapore. It brings together countless activities and spaces of great interest, including the Science Museum.

And next to Marina Bay, at the mouth of the Singapore River, you’ll also find an imposing building built as a performing arts center . It has a huge theater, library and concert hall. The offer in the area is completed with a casino, bars, restaurants, etc.

How is the Merlion of Marina Bay

Merlion Park at night
Merlion Park – Nattee Chalermtiragool

It is not only a statue, but also a fountain. In fact, the mermaid lion is part of the Marina Bay fountain set. We highly recommend going to visit it in the afternoon.

If you go to Marina Bay around 8:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to enjoy the light show that illuminates the water from the fountains. In this audiovisual show, stories with images, music and fire are projected. So do not hesitate, visit Marina Bay, take the perfect photo with the Merlion and admire the beautiful lighting.

And a curiosity. Among tourists, a custom has spread, although it is rather a challenge. Those who visit Singapore try to get a photo that appears to be drinking from the water that comes out of the Merlion. Just as it is mandatory to take a photo while holding the Tower of Pisa, in Singapore you have to take one drinking from this unique fountain!

Explore Merlion Park to find these places

The current Merlion Park was created in 2002, when the statue was collected here. It used to be at the Fullerton Waterboat House. A park always full of people where you can look for peculiar corners. Here are some of them:

When Ulysses met the mermaid lion

If you search well, you will find a poem that describes Ulysses’ encounter with the Merlion. Edwin Thumboo wrote it in 1977.

The original Merlion park plaque

Somewhere in the park is the plaque that was installed in the original Merlion Park in 1972.

The memorial to Lim Bo Seng

Memorial to Lim Bo Seng in Merlion Park
Memorial to Lim Bo Seng – imranahmedsg /

In the park you can also see a monument to remember Lim Bo Seng – who was this man to deserve such recognition? He was a hero of World War II.

A stone in honor of the founders of Singapore

Another of the places in the park loaded with symbolism. It was the first president of Singapore, Yusof Bin Ishak, who dedicated a monument with a stone as a tribute to the founders of Singapore.

The … unicorn?

Because the Merlion is not the only imaginary animal in Merlion Park. If you search, you can find the statue of this little elephant with a unicorn horn.

Merlion Park is one of the many incredible places in Singapore. If you are there or you plan to travel to this city-state, do not forget to admire the lion-mermaid, emblem of the city. And, let’s see if you can take your picture drinking from its jet of water!

5 places in Singapore that you cannot miss

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button