The Merlion's body symbolises Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which comes from the same root as the word tasek ('lake' in Malay).
Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. Today, you can glimpse this legend at Merlion Park. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes.
This icon is a must-see for tourists visiting Singapore, similar to other significant landmarks around the world.
Built by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng, it was unveiled on 15 September 1972 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the mouth of the Singapore River, to welcome all visitors to Singapore.
10 Best Destinations in Singapore
- Gardens By The Bay
- Changi Experience Studio, Changi Airport
- Underwater World
- Singapore Zoo
- Botanical Gardens
- S.E.A. Aquarium
- The Nocturnal Wildlife Park
- Jurong Bird Park
- River Safari
- Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom
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