The Merlion, a unique Singaporean icon, consists of a lion’s head with the body of a fish. The lion came about as the name “Singapore” is derived from the Malay word “Singapura” for “lion city” . When Prince Sang Nila Utama first set foot on Singapore back in 11AD, it is rumoured that he saw a lion, hence naming this island Singapura. The fish’s body represents a time even before Sang Nila Utama, when this island was known as “Temasek”, or “sea” in Javanese.
While not the only Merlion structure in Singapore, the Merlion at the Merlion Park makes for an impressive sight, with the Marina Bay spread out in front. From the 2500 sq metre park, there is a viewing deck where the Esplanade and the Fullerton can be seen. The view of the Merlion against the city skyline will delight many photographers as well.
An estimated 1 million visitors flock to the Merlion Park annually to photograph this famous Singaporean icon. Who knows? You might be the next to visit!