No other image symbolises Singapore more than the Merlion statue. This half lion, half fish icon can be found at the Merlion Park near Raffles Place MRT Station. Merlion Park is one of the free attractions in Singapore. The statue created by a local craftsman Lim Nang Seng was unveiled in 1972 and brought to its present location in 2002. Its 8.6 meters tall and weighs 70 tonnes. The body of the Merlion represents the origin of Singapore as a fishing village and its head signifies Singapore's original name: Singapura or lion city. This water spouting marvel makes for a perfect background for a memorable picture that will serve as an excellent reminder of your trip. The views of the marina bay, the sands' towers and the sky scrapers of Singapore's central business district are all there for you to capture. Just wear a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the sunlight. After taking in the views and all those pictures, you can also hop on to a restored bum boat from here for a river cruise. Keep reading for more...
|Singapore Merlion Park Raffles Place|
How to get to Merlion Park Singapore
|Merlion Statue Marina Bay Singapore|
1. Alight at Raffles Place MRT Station and take Exit H (Six Battery Road)
2. When outside, turn right where there is a water body. Walk along the water and at the end, turn right again.
3. When on the road, walk a little to the left side and at the pedestrian crossing, cross the road to Merlion Park.
Singapore River Cruise
|Singapore River Cruise Marina Bay|
|Singapore River Cruise Ticket Counter at Merlion Park|
Afternoon is the perfect time to visit Merlion Park. From here, you may take a river cruise to explore the attractions along Marina Bay, Boat Quay, and Clarke Quay. This 40-minute river cruise costs SGD 22 for adults and SGD 12 for kids (3-12 years). There is a Marina Bay Laser Show Cruise too (subject to availability) departing at 07.45pm and costs SGD 30 for adults and SGD 18 for kids.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|