The Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and its mythological presence gathers thousands of visitors around Marina Bay.
VISIT THE MERLION IN SINGAPORE
Despite being a small country, Singapore harbors wonderful attractions you should visit. One of them is, without doubt, the statue known as Merlion, located in the touristic area of Marina Bay.
THE SYMBOL OF SINGAPORE
The Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and its history dates back to ancient times, when Singapore was a small fishing town known as Temasek or “city of the sea”. In the 16th century prince Paramésuara changed the town’s name to Singapore or “city of the lion”, that’s why the Merlion, which represents the transformation of this destination throughout time, is a combination between a lion and a mermaid’s tail.
All across Singapore’s territory there are 7 official Merlions and we recommend visiting all of them since they vary in size and give you a chance to visit other nearby landmarks; however, the most renowned version is located at Marina Bay, and it rises imposingly staring at the bay that lies before it. It can be described as a sentry of tourists, since it was placed right before one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore, an exclusive shopping center and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
THE ICON OF THE LION CITY
The Merlion is 8.6 meters tall and weighs 70 tons. An interesting fact about it is that it faces east because this is said to attract prosperity. When you visit it you’ll be dazzled by its bright white cement body sculpted by Liam Nang Seng in 1972 with the purpose of representing thehistory of Singapore. Behind it you’ll find a smaller Merlion, known as the “puppy” Merlion since it’s only 2 meters tall and weighs 3 tons.
BEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN MARINA BAY
Marina Bay is an excellent spot to take a long walk and even to exercise in a setting that combines a wide natural landscape with an imposing urban background created by the skyscrapers of the Financial District located right to the Merlion.
Something wonderful about Marina Bay is the amount of hotels, bars, restaurants and multiple attractions you’ll find there. DINKtravelers recommends taking a boat tour around the bay in order to enjoy an excellent view of the Merlion and of the financial district.
Another attraction you can’t miss in Marina Bay is the Singapore Flyer, considered Asia’s largest giant observation wheel. It’s 165 meters tall, so the view from the top is incredible since it covers the whole bay, The Float and Gardens by the Bay. Singapore Flyer opens daily from 8:30 to 22:30 and the last flight is at 22:00.
BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL TO SINGAPORE
The best time of the year to visit the Merlion is from February to July because that’s when it rains the least in Singapore. Remember that the weather is quite warm at this destination, so pack light clothes. Also, visit this landmark after sunset because every two days there’s a lights show at the bay. When it takes place, the whole landscape is illuminated offering a far out framing for photography.