Merlion Park

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Standing at 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue has a lion’s head and a fish’s body, and is housed here in this 2,500 square metre park.
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Neighborhood: Marina Bay
More of a mini city than a neighborhood in the traditional sense, the iconic Marina Bay aims to dazzle and entertain visitors of all kinds. This is the Singapore found in glossy brochures, featuring a world-class hotel, casino, shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions all geared towards pure entertainment. The SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands provides a stunning view of the city, a must-see photo opportunity for visitors and locals alike. The ArtScience Museum always has a top-quality exhibition, and Gardens by the Bay is a fascinating manifestation of the government’s vision of Singapore as a “city in a garden”. Enticing Marina Bay is well worth a visit.
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  • Raffles Place • 6 min walk
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FahPhu Kanyarat
Photharam, Thailand5 contributions
On Marina Bay, Merlion Park hosts one of Singapore's most recognizable monuments. The Merlion statue is the head of a lion with the body and tail of a fish, and the hybrid creature spouts water from its mouth and into the bay. Measuring 28 feet tall, the statue may seem a bit odd to the naked eye, but the statue is actually a nod to Singapore's history. The head of Merlion represents Singapura, the city's first name, which means 'lion city' in Malay. The fish tail and body symbolizes Singapore's old days as a small fishing town. Even though the statue has claimed all the fame, another notable highlight is the park's panoramic view of the bay. Particularly at night, the urban vista with the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort impresses visitors. Some travelers, however, complained of congestion and suggested visiting when the sun isn't at its peak.

Merlion Park is just a short walk from the Raffles Place MRT. The park is free to visit at any time of the day (though we recommend visiting at night)
Written January 13, 2022
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KylieIsTravelling
Perth, Australia3,808 contributions
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No visit to Singapore is complete without visiting the Merlion statue in Merlion Park.

Best time to visit is dusk so you get to see it in the daytime and also at night for the nightly Spectre light show. It’s free to visit, however tends to get crowded with everyone jostling for a picture, so be mindful of crowds.
Written January 2, 2020
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Shannon
Nadi, Fiji912 contributions
Couples
Very crowded and the bar edge area around the Merlion gets really cramped. Best views are at sunset but around this area there's loads of restaurants better place to eat than Clark Quay imo. But visiting recommend coming in odd hours to get better pictures.
Written June 28, 2022
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
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The Merlion is the symbolic sculpture of Singapore, and it is centrally located in the City.

It is around a 10 minute walk from the Esplanade, across Esplanade bridge, and it offers great views of Marina Bay.

The sculpture is also a water feature and it's a great place to get some good photos. It is also free to visit.

I'd recommend spending no more than 20 minutes here, as it can get quite busy and it is mainly a photo spot.

Overall, it is a nice symbolic feature of Singapore and I would recommend a brief visit.
Written January 28, 2020
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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia2,337 contributions
Love it there especially at night because the surroundings offered wonderful views not only to the Merlion statue but also Marina Bay Sands and Fullerton hotel. I was there few times during day or night but still preferred night time as it is too hot during day time. The Merlion statue no doubt offered spectacular view and it is the logo of Singapore. It is worth the time visiting it.
Written April 6, 2020
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Gino
Farmington Hills, MI75 contributions
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There are a couple things that people will tell you must be seen/done if you visit Singapore, and that you haven’t really been there if you miss it. Merlion Park is one of those things.

The statue itself is quite beautiful and impressive, and locals will tell you that it brings good fortune to Singapore (at least that’s what they told us!). You will need to be patient and well-positioned if you want to get good pictures, so take your time, and enjoy the people watching! You will see countless people lining up shots to catch the Merlion’s water in their mouth, hands, coffee cup...the pinnacle of tourist photos akin to holding up the leaning tower of Pisa.

There are a lot of nice views of the skyline in the area, and plenty of places to grab a quick bite or coffee nearby. As with essentially anywhere you go in Singapore, Merlion Park is very well maintained, safe and extremely clean.
Written January 26, 2020
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Moses P
London, UK847 contributions
The Merlion Park is one of Singapore most popular locations day or night. As Singapore iconic statue there, it is crowded with people taking selfies. There are a lot of cafes and bars along the promenade. It is buzzing with activities and very lively. great atmosphere. There are several landmarks like the Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, ArtScience museum, Sands Hotel, Helix Bridge, Sky Park a short distance away.

It is a good place to relax and enjoy Marina Bay.

An early morning visit before 9.00am is recommended to avoid selfie seekers.
Written January 3, 2020
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baghdadlian
Montreal, Canada3,282 contributions
We walked all around the area where Merlion Statue is. The whole area is so beautiful took many pictures and enjoyed the scenery all around. ou can observe the Merlion for hours watching the statue plus all the people going and coming. FUN
Written March 28, 2020
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Robert Gaxiola
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
You can't visit Singapore without a visit to the Merlion. It is quite an agnostic symbol for Singapore as it is largely unrelated to any one religion, race, or folklore. Nor was it gifted by any early ally of the city state. Still, since its designer created it in 1964, the old fountain has turned into sort of a national treasure. Visit it in the evening after dinner at One Fullerton along the bay I say, then talk a walk along the bridge toward the Esplanade. The Singapore Tourism Board commissioned the Merlion in the 1970s and it is just a very Uniquely Singaporean Marina Bay attraction that is always worth the trip for a snapshot at best.
Written June 27, 2020
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SierraAlphaFoxtrot
Leicester, UK119 contributions
The Merlion, and surrounding Merlion Park, are truly gems in the crown of Singapore. There are two Merlion's, one is 8m tall and is a water fountain [visible from across the bay] and another one just tucked away behind it.
Of course you're going to take a million and one photos for FB/Twitter/Insta/SnapChat... I'd really recommend getting there early when the crowd is less dense, so you can get better snaps!

Logistically, how to get to the Merlion: Hop on to the Singapore Metro, go to Raffles Place Station. Exit the station from exit C. When you leave, do not go towards the exit opposite you. As you leave, turn left and follow the road around the corner to the HSBC office/branch. Cross the main road and go down the steps to Merlion Park
Written January 16, 2020
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