For most of the people, the Merlion is what comes to their mind immediately when they hear the word Singapore. The mythical creature with a lion’s head and a body of a fish is the mascot and the national preconisation of the one state country; Singapore. The Merlion Park is one of the places you can get an up close and personal view of this magnificent creature in the form of a statue.
The mythical creature which symbolizes the country has come up from the ancient folklore. Singapore was a fishing village in the ancient times and was known as the sea town by its ancient name “Temasek”, as days went by the name of the city was changed as Singapore – The lion city in Malay. This explains the lions head and the fish body of the Merlion.
The Statue and the Park
The Merlion statue which was built by a local craftsman named Lim Nang Seng was unveiled on 15 September 1972 it was placed at the mouth of the Singapore River to greet visitors who arrive at Singapore. Later in 2002, the statue was relocated 200 meters from its original location, at the Merlion Park.
Things to do
The park offers the visitor a number of choices of indulgence. There are several places to dine near the park and you can also hop on to a bumboat to take a river cruise along the Singapore River. Take a snap or stroll along the park in a relaxing evening this will also bring you happiness and joy.
This is one of the must-visit places in Singapore. Located close to the marina bay and surrounded by many iconic buildings and hotels like Destination Singapore Beach Rd. The park is easily accessible by a taxi from any hotel near Bugis junction Singapore and you can visit here almost any time of the day and will definitely be a worthwhile experience.
Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.