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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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.
How to get there
  • Raffles Place • 6 min walk
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  • Bent G
    Makati, Philippines4,471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discover Singapore's Iconic Merlion Statue at Merlion Park
    Merlion Park is a popular tourist destination in Singapore, located at the mouth of the Singapore River. It features an iconic statue of the Merlion, a mythical creature that is half lion and half fish. Visitors can take photos of the statue and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. The park is easily accessible via public transportation and is open 24 hours a day.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 22, 2023
  • mayccm2018
    Hong Kong, China526 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Night view
    The Merlion statue that is half lion and half fish is famous landmark in Singapore. Good location where near Raffles Place MRT. The statue is very fascinating with marina bay sands sky park as the background in the night.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • BeingBobby
    Hyderabad, India83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice hangout place.
    Very nice place to have some peaceful time, try visiting during peak hours and evenings. We will see lot of tourists enjoying the sea view. Nice food and drinks options as we have many restaurants.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,319 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing I guess
    Nice for a photo opportunity but that’s about it really. The real view is MBS in the background. This place is also full of tourists doing instagram poses which is quite annoying. Worth seeing though.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Anand G
    Kochi (Cochin), India2,004 contributions
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    A must visit in Singapore
    Merlion Park is sort of a land mark that highlights the origin, history and culture of the tiny country with a single statue. The head of the Merlion statue is that of a lion while the body is of a fish. The fountain which discharges water in to the bay is a sight to behold. The board beside the entrance of the poark has five languages in it - the four official languages of Singapore namely Chinese, English, Tamil and Malay plus Japanese. Our guide, a very bright and well informed lady named Yvonne explained that while there are many Japanese visiting Singapore, many of them may not necessarily be comfortable with English and hence the board in Japanese too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Abhay Mehta
    Udaipur, India237 contributions
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    Iconic statue of Singapore
    The Iconic statue of Singapore is situated at bayfront near Marina Bay Sands resort hotel. It represents the city as Singapore means Lion city. All the tourists coming to Singapore visit this place. The statue is smaller than you imagine as per the pictures shown at different places, but beautiful. It's better to go in the evening for better pictures. You can also witness the musical fountain show on other side of the bay, in the evening.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Muhammad A
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to stop by while walking along the Marina
    While visiting this statue you should take a walk around the entire marina area. The areas around the Merlion statue itself is very crowded and lively especially at night. The statue and the surrounding area is lit up at nights to look very nice.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • specialladykim
    Malaysia4 contributions
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    Perfect place for photo taking
    One of the location in my list! The Merlion park is small, nothing much here just Merlion for you to take photos with a gorgeous sea view. If you love to take photos you must come here at sunset time around 6pm you must standby.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Realistic Travellers
    Northampton, United Kingdom610 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great photo opportunity with sights all around you!
    Whilst in the city this is a great photo place to see all the different buildings around you and take in the different architecture and views across the bay. chill for a bit and have a drink or an ice cream and just take in the sights before carrying on to your next place! Can be a tourist hot spot!
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Trina D
    Orange County, California792 contributions
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    Home of the iconic Singaporean statue
    My husband and I took a tour of the central business district in Singapore. At the end of the tour, we ended up in Merlion Park with the iconic statue of the Merlion, a mythical half-lion, half fish. The Merlion’s fish-half symbolizes Singapore’s origins as a fishing village, known as Temasek. The head of the statue represents the city’s original name of Singapura. The statue currently stands at 8.6 meters tall in front of the Fullerton Hotel and overlooks Marina Bay, it’s home since 2002. As tourists, we naturally had to take photos in front of the Merlion statue. It’s a lot bigger than you’d think. There is a mini one in the park that you can also take photos of. The park is free to everyone and it is a busy hubbub of activity during the late afternoon and evening. We took a bus to and from the business district that day and found the park easily accessible.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
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Gino
Farmington Hills, MI76 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Couples
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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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia2,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
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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Moses P
London, UK847 contributions
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Sep 2019
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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SierraAlphaFoxtrot
Leicester, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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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baghdadlian
Montreal, Canada3,282 contributions
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Mar 2020
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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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
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Jan 2020
Located on the waterfront it’s an enjoyable park to walk around the harbour, Merlion statue/water feature is a popular attraction and great photo opportunity.

It’s a buzz of activity with restaurant, bars etc and with people jogging around waterfront.

I would highly recommend going at night time as the lights of the marina bay sands and the surround skyscrapers is very impressive.
Written January 21, 2020
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WanderingAroundTheWorld
St Helens, UK5,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We came here one evening and admired the waterfront / marina from this point whilst taking in the peculiar but iconic merlion statue. Half mermaid, half lion...

Best point for views for of MBS laser light and water show
Written January 16, 2020
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gursartaj
New Delhi, India69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the great tourist spots, instantly associated with Singapore. The statue in itself looks a lot smaller than you would anticipate, but it's one of those don't miss it places even though it can be underwhelming once you get there.
Steer clear of the gift shop or some of the restaurants close to this unless you're looking to spend a lot
Written February 9, 2020
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Robert Gaxiola
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
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Mar 2020
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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TopKingofKings
United Kingdom583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is one of the must-see places in Singapore and definitely some camera moments here. However, there were too many tourists in a small spot wanting to take pictures and it got a bit annoying. You can do the River Cruise here for 25 Dollars for 50 minutes - best to choose the one around 8pm so you don't miss the laser show at night. There are also restaurants which were quite expensive though. On the opposite side of the bay is Marina Bay Sands
Written February 11, 2020
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