The Merlion Park in Singapore is a popular tourist attraction and took its place among the famous landmarks of great cities of the world. It is originally located at the Esplanade Bridge, about 20meters from its current location and was shifted in 2002. It is now adjacent to One Fullerton. The Merlion, is Singapore's tourism icon, is a creature with a lion's head and the body of a fish. The "Singa" or lion represents the animal that a Sumatran prince saw which resembled a lion, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore's history as "Temasek", the ancient sea town. The statue was completed in 1972, and measures 8.6 metres (26 feet) high and weighs 40 tonnes!.
I really can't get excited about this white sculpture spitting an eternal stream of water into the Marina. Granted the setting is grand when you stand under the spout and gaze at the old Post Office and Tax Office across to the Esplanade Theatres and over the water to the three towers of the MBS.
There is no doubt that the setting is dramatic and that Singapore's Marina Bay/ City scape is quite wonderful. Not as grand as gazing at Hong Kong Island from Kowloon of course but at least in Singapore, unless the fires in Sumatra are really going strong, at least you can see across the water!
Not only is this allegedly iconic thingie a must for land lubbers, the refurbished bumboats that now act as ferries for tourists wail all the way down the river (50 metres at a stretch) to look goggle eyed at it.
It is nice enough as something to glance at when wandering around the marina. Maybe it makes for a great tourist photo op.
But that's your lot, mate.
While the merlion statue is majestic and the park has a brilliant view of the water and the IR, there is nothing much to do there other than stand or sit around talking and appreciating the view. The fact that hordes of tourists go to the park every day deters me from going there as it is way to crowded, and if I want a nice view to look at, there are many other places to go to.
A visit once in a while would be nice, especially if you are a tourist. but going too often or for too long would just bore most people our out. Do also note that on a sunny day, the park can get very hot as there are little trees or shade there.
Situated a stone's throw away from the Esplanade, the view from the merlion lookout, is iconic to say the least. As much as I would not recommend it as a destination, I feel it's a great place to kill time between shows at the esplanade, or simply a great detour while exploring the city hall area.
It is surrounded with classy buildings and Singapore’s finest tourist spots. Situated almost at the center of the country’s premium destinations, one can take a splendid capture in every angle.
A wide array of fine dining is available along the Singapore river just within the vicinity of the park. The regular and harmonious movement of river cruise boats also known as river taxis add to the park’s appeal.
Merlion Park is packed with tourists almost everyday. It is indeed a classic tourist destination.
My first photo in Singapore was taken at this place. Maybe that is why it has been very close to my heart. It may look simple and bizarre to some but to me it is fantastic and truly Singapore’s classic landmark.
While the Merlion symbolises the founding myth of how Singapore came to be named 'Singapura' and a home for the Prince, it was significant for me in that instance to find a sense of warmth, surrounded by many other Singaporeans who were gathered in the presence of this memorable and unique sculpture that is truly Singaporean.
The night scene of the Merlion is much more calming than in the day.
The view i must say is really pretty at night when all the lights are up and when the cool wind blows. Suitable for couples on a date or just friends and families to take a after dinner stroll.
The new home is more brightly lit and had a lot more space. So you can comfortably take your photos with the Merlion and there are also more angles from where you can take your photos. My children told me that there are a family of Merlions in Singapore. Papa Merlion is on Sentosa and Mama Merlion and Baby Merlion are at the Merlion park.
The Merlion stood majestically by the river. I was easily hypnotised by it's gleaming gregarious physique. I glanced around me and saw tourists being captivated by it too. The lights deriving from Singapore's skyscrapers reflected against the river creating some sort of a mystical glow. These are definitely the magical elements that made my photos taken there brilliant! I wasn't the only one who believed in Merlion Park's beauty. Apparently, so did many. How else would anyone explain the consistent buzz of shutter buttons being pressed every night there?
Unfortunately, it was noon when we reached; the sun was scorching hot. There were many people there, probably tourists. There is nothing to do there. We quickly took a picture and left.
I think it's better if you visit the place at night.
The area surrounding the Merlion is in fact quite nice and lovely. This place is a famous tourist attraction and everywhere you turn, you can see families taking pictures with huge grins. This is an extremely breathtaking place come during night time where the lights make everything look pretty.
The perfect timing to visit the park in my opinion would be at night, where the weather is extremely cooling. Furthermore, you will be able to soak in the wonderful atmosphere of Singapore's nightlife with brightly illuminated landmarks such as the Integrated Resorts and the Esplanade all within your sight.
I alight at City Hall MRT station and slowly make my way on foot towards the One Fullerton area, passing by the tallest hotel in Singapore Swissotel The Stamford (cookie points if you look up and don't fall over backwards) before taking the underground walkways (good place to watch breakdancers trying to out do each other) and emerging at the Esplanade tunnels (art installations are rotated every few weeks).
I then slowly make my way across the Esplanade Bridge (great photo-ops abound) stopping once in a while to take in the glorious vista of the Singapore skyline, down a flight of stairs and there he stands, the Merlion. I end my 45 min stroll with a nice hot cup of latte from one of the major coffee houses in the area.
I have always thought that this amalgam of a lion and a fish was a weird icon for our country. The lion I know. The fish is explained above. But why the hell is it vomiting? Maybe there IS a reason for all these disparate elements to coalescence into the vomiting monster we all love today. But if the reason isn't immediately obvious, or at least tangibly explainable, does it even matter?
Given Singapore's obsession to showcase our best to the world, I thought STB would have already chosen another icon to boast about. However, I guess that's how history works. One weird idea gets adopted, and all future generations will have to follow it in the name of culture and history.
Oh, but I'm digressing. The place itself? It's hot and filled with tourists. Except when it's evening, then it's cool and filled with tourists. I guess there's nothing much to do there except photo taking. If you're a tourist.
However, the sun will literally dampen your mood. It can be pretty humid and it will send you to shower on your own sweat. Disgusting remarks aside, this place might not interest locals much but we must be proud to the fact that foreigners include Merlion park to their itinerary.