Located beside One Fullerton or opposite The Fullerton Hotel.
Merlion Park houses the Merlion. The Merlion has been erected as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore.
The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion's head and the body of a fish. The lion head symbolises the "Lion City". Visitors can take photos of the Merlion on its viewing deck. The viewing deck can hold up to 300 people.
The Merlion has been an icon to welcome visitors.
According to the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) written in the 15th century, Prince Sang Nila Utama of the Frivijaya Empire renamed the island Singapura or "Lion City", after spotting a lion here. The body of a fish symbolises the ancient Temasek or 'Sea Town', which was Singapore's early name.
Designed by Kwan Sai Kheong, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Singapore, and crafted by Singaporean sculptor Lim Nang Seng, the Merlion stands at 806 metres and weighs 70 tonnes. It was first unveiled on 15 September 1972 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, at its former site by the mouth of the Singapore River, near the Esplanade just 120 metres from present location, at the tip of the current The Fullerton Waterboat House Garden with Anderson Bridge as its background. The Merlion is a male.
The building of the new Esplanade Bridge, completed in 1997, blocked the view of the Merlion and it was decided to move it to its present location and was formally unveiled on 15 September 2002 by Senior Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
The unprecedented feat of relocation began on 23 April 2002 and finished on April 25. The sculpture was aligned to face East. The relocation and new site cost S$7.5 million.
A smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tonnes was also built by Mr Lim. The body is made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.
On Saturday, 28 February 2009 at about 4.26 pm the Merlion in the Merlion Park was struck by lightning.
You may want to do Raffles Place Walkabout after visiting the Merlion Park. Click here to learn more about Raffles Place Walkabout.
The above is an anaglyph image (3-D photo). You will need to use a cyan and red 3-D glasses to view.