The Merlion

Known to all either via television, internet, pictures or even by paying a visit is the 8.7 m tall Merlion. The Merlion is a fabled symbol of Singapore, that indicates an amalgamation of half fish and half lion. Inevitably, this is the most popular destination flocked by tourists in the whole of Singapore. 

While it stands right in the heart of the Marina Bay area, you can get a distant but mesmerising view of the tall standing three-pronged Marina Bay Hotel. The place becomes even more picturesque during the evening with lights shining bright as the water comes out of the statue’s mouth.

The park is also surrounded by many eateries, souvenir stores and public toilets. One of the best this here is that you can walk right up close to the statue and get the best view possible. Pictures can also be taken from right underneath.

Locals in Singapore are of the belief that the part fish of the Merlion symbolises the humble beginnings of Singapore as a fishing town, whereas the part lion of the Merlion is derived from the island-city’s name itself where in literal Malay language it is called as Lion City.  

If you wish to avoid the crowds, then you can visit the park during the night and still catch a scenic yet serene view from the bay.

Location: Marina Bay 

Known for: This statue weighs 70 tonnes and spouts water from its mouth is a must-see icon for tourists.

How to reach: Located in One Fullerton, you can reach the Merlion Park by taking the metro (MRT) to Raffles Place. Once you get down at this stop, the park is just a walking distance away. 

In case you are not comfortable with the MRT, or want to experience the whole of Singapore whilst you tend to reach the Merlion Park, there are popular day-tours available that you can hop on to that will take you to all the major attractions of Singapore including the Merlion.

Cost: The Merlion Park, is free and open to all, therefore always bustling with hordes of crowds that come here either to just have a good time or take back home some memories to cherish.

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry a camera with you, and you will surely come back with memories of a lifetime

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