The Merlion Tower, Sentosa Hot
The Merlion Tower and Merlion Walk is an attraction in Sentosa that explores the origins of Singapore's most famous mythological icon.
$5 / Child
Free for Merlion Walk
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See the world through the lion's mouth!
The premier icon of Singapore, the Merlion, a mythical creature consisting of half fish, half lion, has assimilated into the fabric of Singapore culture and identity. Hence, it was an interesting experience to literally get inside the Merlion and look at the world through its eyes (mouth though in real life).
Personally, I found the view from the top of the Merlion breathtaking yet achingly familiar. Look through its mouth to see the entire Sentosa, up till the coast of mainland Singapore. Over the years, Sentosa has undergone rapid changes in preparation for the competitive, cut throat tourism sector's rise as one of the pillars of Singapore's economy. Meanwhile, the 37m tall Merlion remained a constant, watching the changes (an accurate picture of the effects of globalisation felt by Singapore) change.
If you're looking to take a few memorable pictures of your trip to Sentosa, the Merlion is not to be missed. I've found that standing at a distance helps as the merlion appears the same size as you in the picture, giving you the opportunity to mimic roaring with it, tapping it, hugging it and other poses that confers plenty of humour and energy to the final shot. For photographers looking to shoot scenic, memorable shots, having the Merlion in the background helps!
The merlion is probably the most overly commercialised attraction in Singapore. I find it quite mundane, to be honest. It is pretty cheap but I still would not pay to climb all the way up, take a look at a pretty much limited view and go all the way again. It might be a little fascinating for kids; since it might be a novel concept to them. I personally think admiring it from the outside would be quite satisfying already.
If you are looking for a spectacular view of Singapore's skyline and are hoping to to see as much and as far as possible, the merlion is not the choice. You can go to newer attractions such as the Flyer or One Altitude that can provide you with a more holistic view of Singapore's land.
Patterned Scales, Majestic Gaze
The Merlion waits in its majestic splendour, tranquil and silent state. As the crowd around it surges, the Merlion looks on, confident.
This is one of the other Merlion Statues that exists in Singapore. Although it may seem to be one of the many statues erected to remind us of how the name Singapura came about, I always enjoy looking at the strange physique of the Merlion.
The intricate way that the Merlion is designed is interesting to me: I remember as a young child when my parents brought me here, I would always try to look up close at the scales of the Merlion. The symmetrical pattern of the Merlion was artistic and beautiful in its own way.
I've only been here once
So my memory does not serve me too well.
But I remember thinking my mum going "what! we need to pay to go to the top?" and we had a family of 6, which I remembered adding up to a hefty cost, so we decided to all just not go and chill around.
I understand the Merlion is a symbol of Singapore and for the life of me, I will never imagine how a highly-paid marketing team could possibly go "ok guys, I am tired liao I want to go Geylang 126 eat liao let's stick to the half-lion half-mermaid thing Ah Beng was talking about. ok smoke break let's go," and end up with this monument.
But it is beautiful in its own way. My friends have taken to going "DON'T MERLION AH" when we drink so hey - the point of a monument is to identify with it, I guess it's nice to know the whole of Zouk's before and after crowd at the nearby bridge are still associating themselves with our national symbol.
So come here and stroke the big Lion if you have nothing else to pass time with.
This should free
I just couldn't give this place a zero rating. So, it's a 0.5 in lieu of a zero.
This is what I suppose is the result when bad story writers try to create a whole myth. It becomes a relic nobody wants to visit or care about. In the first place, the merlion was a creation of some clown in the STPB. They should have capitalised on a story from the Sejarah Melayu instead.
Sentosa should either open up the Merlion as an observation tower for free or tear it down. And stop charging entry fees!
Move on, Merle
I love Sentosa. I am aware that the Merlion is a significant icon in Singapore. But the Merlion Tower is at the bottom of the pile of interesting things to do.
What do you do? You pay your money. You watch an introductory video n the mythological origins of the Merlion. (Try and stay awake) You travel to the top. You walk out. You walk around. You look. You go back down. You pass through yet another souvenir shop. You pause. You star back to the top, where you were a few moments ago, and you ask yourself: "What the???"
Sorry, Merle, there are so many more fascinating things to do on Sentosa, and for the $8 admission fee I can buy one and a half ice creams.
I understand that the Merlion is a symbolic representation of Singapore but this place is reallyyyyy boring. The Merlion is dirty and there is really nothing entertaining or interesting about looking at it spit water. If you are a tourist and would like to know more about its symbolization of Singapore then maybe you could spend about 15 minutes there? Definitely don't plan a full-day or half-day trip for you would be sorely disappointed. I went there once in my entire 21 years of being a Singaporean. I did not find anything attractive enough for me to want to go back there again. It's probably just there to serve as a touristy spot.
Interests levels are really a topic of subjectivity. If you appreciate statues, especially statues that you only get to see in Singapore then this is the right place for you. Uniquely Singapore because you don't find a Merlion in other countries. There are souvenir shops there and if you wish to purchase souvenirs, you could do so.
Merlion Tower is rather mundane. The Merlion towered gregariously there. Unfortunately, it seemed that it had been decades since Merlion last took a shower. I mean the real squeaky clean ones involving scrubs and sponges. I even resisted the temptation of squirting tubes of Colgate over Merlion's stained fangs when I explored that venue several months ago.
It was like venturing into a biological system of an animal's anatomy. Look at the walls. Look at how the view looks like when you see it via it's mouth. Look at it's scale. Personally, I am nowhere near impressed. Except for it's scale and structure of course. Otherwise, Mr Merlion needs to answer the call of a sprucing up session. Tourists are guaranteed to be attained the moment Merlion sparkled and glinted under the sun, complete with 21st century gadgets that breathes realistic lively effects upon this current solidly stationary Merlion.
The Myth Of The Merlion
The Merlion Plaza is the main area that immediately connects to Imbiah Station in Sentosa, and features several shops, the Sentosa Signage, and the pond with the largest natural Jadeite stone on the island. The star attraction here would be The Merlion Tower.
The Merlion Tower is a 37 m high statue, standing on a man-made hill that is 23 m above sea level. The half lion, half fish symbol of Singapore is approximately 11 stories high, and within it is a museum dedicated to exploring the myth behind the Merlion. Step within, and in quick succession, you'll pass by The Mystery Of Sea Monsters, Kingdom Of The Merfolk and Myth Of The Lake Monsters. All these are sculptures with acccompanying exposition boards.
The Secret Origin Of The Merlion is a 15 minute show that explains the myth of Sang Nila Utama and his discovery of Singapore. Then, head up to the Head Viewing Gallery and Mouth Viewing Gallery for clear views of Sentosa island, the city skyline, and the South of Singapore.
Walk around the waterfalls surrounding The Merlion Tower, and you encounter the Merlion Walk at the back. A 120 m long Antoni Gaudi inspired mosaic walkway, it has images of sea creatures and water spouts. The bell towers and curving stone pathway mark the end of the Merlion Walk.
If you're planning a visit to the Merlion Plaza, do note that while admission is free, access to The Merlion Tower costs SGD $8. Allocate between 1 to 2 hours for viewing, and only visit during clear / sunny weather, as the Head Viewing Gallery is closed during cloudy / bad weather.