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 of visit in this small Asian country. Do you want to know more about him? Then, join us.
What is the Merlion?Merlion - VICHAILAO / Shutterstock.com
The Merlion is an imaginary creature with a lion's head and a fish's body It was designed in the mid-60s as an image of the Ministry of Tourism of the country. Its name combines the words 'mer', which means sea, and 'lion', lion. And why is this mixture so strange?
As well, The fish body represents the origins of Singapore as a fishing village. At that time, 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 the original name of Singapore, Singapura, which means 'city of the lion'. Thus, you can find statues that represent this imaginary being in many places in Singapore: on Sentosa Island, on Mount Faber ...
But nevertheless, the most famous and photographed is that of Marina Bay, which is precisely in the beautiful Merlion park.
The most famous Merlion in Singapore is located in Marina BayMarina Bay - Luciano Mortula - LGM / Shutterstock.com
Yes, the most famous mermaid lion statue in the entire city is at the heart 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 will also find an imposing building built as a performing arts center. It has a huge theater, library and concert hall. The offer of the area is completed with a casino, bars, restaurants, etc.
How is the Marina Bay MerlionMerlion 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 strongly recommend you 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 of the fountains. In this audiovisual show, stories with images, music and fire are projected. So do not hesitate, stop by Marina Bay, take the perfect photo with the Merlion and admire the beautiful lighting.
And a curiosity. Among tourists, a custom has spread, although rather it is a challenge. Those who visit Singapore try to get a picture that looks like they drink the water that comes out of the Merlion. Just as it is mandatory to take a picture holding the tower of Pisa, in Singapore you have to drink a drink from this unique source!
Explore Merlion Park to find these places
The current Merlion park was created in 2002, when the statue was picked up to this place. He used to be at the Fullerton Waterboat House. A park always full of people in which you can look for peculiar corners. Here are some of them:
When Ulysses met the mermaid lion
If you look well, you will find a poem that describes Ulysses' encounter with the Merlion. Edwin Thumboo wrote it in 1977.
The original Merlion park plate
Somewhere in the park is the plaque that was installed in the original Merlion Park, in 1972.
The memorial to Lim Bo SengMemorial to Lim Bo Seng - imranahmedsg / Shutterstock.com
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 place in the park full of symbolism. He 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 ... unicorphant?
Because Merlion is not the only imaginary animal in Merlion Park. If you are looking, you can find the statue of this little elephant with unicorn horn.
"All trips have secret destinations that the traveler knows nothing about."
Merlion Park is one of the many incredible places in Singapore. If you are there or 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 by drinking from its jet of water!