Merlion was first designed as an emblem of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) in 1964 – and the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore’s icon to the world.
Designed by Mr. Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as listed in the “Malay Annals”. The fish tail of the Merlion symbolizes the ancient city of Temasek (meaning “sea” in Javanese), the name of Singapore before the Prince named it “Singapura” (meaning “Lion City” in Sanskrit) and also symbolizes the beginning of Singapore’s humble as a fishing village.
Measuring 8.6 meters high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue was built from cement fondue by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr. Lim Nang Seng. Merlion statue of a second, smaller, measuring two meters high and weighing three tones, was also built by Mr. Lim. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.
His first home Merlion and his son, “Cub”, originally located in front of the Singapore River, just across from the Elizabeth Walk, just 120 meters from their present location. The area is also known as the Merlion Park is quickly becoming a popular tourist attraction, and became one of the famous places in the cities of the world. Singapore’s Prime Minister at the time, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, inaugurated the installation ceremony of the Merlion on 15 September 1972. A bronze inscription immortalize the happy event with the inscription, “The Merlion was established as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore.”
Currently, the Merlion attracts more than one million visitors a year, who come to the Merlion Park to photograph this world famous icon at her new home, in addition to One Fullerton.
Location Statue Merlion Merlion’s current home is adjacent to One Fullerton, a garden of 2,500 square meters newly built. At One Fullerton, there are a variety of restaurants, lounges, and dance clubs on the river bank.
This area also has a cape with patio seating and a deck to watch that could hold up to 300 people, as well as a boat landing place so that visitors can descend from the taxi boats. This deck provides a panorama of the Merlion is best for photographers, with the background of the city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay, including landmark buildings such as The Fullerton Singapore and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Merlion Cub is located 28 meters behind the Merlion. Also installed a pumping system for the Merlion and Merlion child, so as to spout water throughout the day and night.
Getting There you can walk on the banks of the Singapore River from Raffles Place MRT Station, take Exit H then follow the directions on the map below. The red line a little play but there are a lot of incredible scenery along the way to Merlion Park, to the blue line is the fast track (shortcut) to reach Merlion Park quickly. Click here Singapore MRT map to view MRT route map.