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Merlion Park

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 Merlion Park is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic images of Singapore.

Initially, the Merlion and its cub were located some 120 meters from their current position. But following the completion of the Esplanade Bridge in 1997 and the realization that its view from Marina Bay was obstructed, in 2002 it was decided to move it here.

70 tons of cement and nearly 9 feet tall it spouts water non stop into the mouth of the Singapore River. But above all, the Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore. Half fish, half lion, it represents the roots of the lion city founded by Sri Tri Buana, also known as Sang Nila Utama, in the thirteenth century.  It also shows the city’s humble origins and its strong links to the sea.

Many believe that this symbol originated in some ancient mythological legend.  The truth is that it was a logo created in 1964 by the Singapore Tourism Board. Since its inauguration on 15 September 1972 by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, it has been adopted as a national symbol and is known around the world as representing the new Singapore.

Designed by Fraser Brunner, the statue is the work of local craftsman Lim Nang Seng.  He also made an identical 3 ton sculpture that is only 2 feet tall.  It is covered with china plates with two small red tea cups for eyes. 

Don’t forget to take a photo of this Singapore icon.  Most people come here at night to also enjoy the Merlion’s gorgeous lighting with the city skyline in the background, and for a cool drink in one of the many outdoor cafes. 

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