Merlion Park Overview

Embrace the iconic symbol of Singapore at Merlion Park. Witness the majestic Merlion statue, a half-lion, half-fish creature, spouting water into the Marina Bay. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city's skyline and its renowned landmarks. A must-visit destination for travelers seeking to capture memorable moments with the Merlion and bask in the beauty of Singapore's waterfront at Merlion Park.

Experience the essence of Singapore at Merlion Park, home to the iconic Merlion statue—a legendary half-lion, half-fish creature that stands as the city's symbol. Gaze in awe as the Merlion spouts water into the Marina Bay, creating a captivating sight. Enjoy panoramic views of Singapore's stunning skyline, featuring world-famous landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. Whether you're exploring independently or opting for a guided Singapore tour package, Merlion Park promises an unforgettable experience.

Merlion Park is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to capture picture-perfect moments with this mythical creature and immerse themselves in Singapore's waterfront charm. As you stroll along the promenade, feel the refreshing sea breeze and take in the splendor of the city's architectural marvels. Don't miss the chance to discover the cultural and historical significance of Merlion Park, a beloved icon that reflects the spirit of Singapore.

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• One of the iconic sights of Singapore that houses two Merlion statues, which are considered to be the mythical creatures with the head of a lion and body of a fish.
• A place full of fun-filled activities that can be enjoyed with kids and family with stopovers at Jubilee Bridge Sign, Ulysses by the Merlion, Merlion Park Sign.
• Known to be one of the best photographic sites in Singapore where you can capture picture perfect shots with the magical backdrop of setting sun.
• Skip the hustle of the city life to enjoy time in a calm surrounding being tranquilized by the cool blowing breeze, peaceful ambience, and admirable silence.
• Exciting light and water shows everyday for tourists to give them a sheer magnificence of being in Singapore.

How To Reach

  • By MRT: Catch the MRT on the East-West Line to reach Raffles Place station. Go out of the United Overseas Bank Plaza and walk towards Merlion Park, located behind the Fullerton Hotel.
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 10, 100 and 75 to reach Merlion Park. 

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Merlion Park is when the 15 minute light and water show is showcased. You can watch this show either at 8 pm or at 9 pm if you are visiting from Sunday to Thursday. If you visit on a Friday or Saturday, then you can also catch the show at 10 pm as well. 

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History of Merlion Park Singapore

The Merlion Park in Singapore is considered to be the true embodiment of the glorious history of the city. The park gives a wholesome experience of Singapore when it was nothing but a quaint little fishing village to a bustling metropolis and a notable tourist destination in the whole world.

The park was established in 1964 at the mouth of Singapore River and the famous Merlion Statues were installed in 1972. With increase in commercialization, the statues were not being clearly visible from Marina Bay and then a relocation of the same was planned in the year 2002.

Unfortunately in the year 2009, lightning struck the statue and it was broken into pieces and later in the year 2012 the restoration work was completed. 

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Places to Visit in and near Merlion Park

1. Visit the Helix Bridge – It the most remarkable pieces of architecture is the doubt Helix Bridge which is also the world’s first curved bridge connecting the Singapore River between the business districts. One of the best things to do in Singapore at night is to visit this place for the sheer beauty of the Bridge, this will be a walk to remember.

2. Visit Chinatown - You can visit Chinatown for two reasons: Food and shopping. If you enjoy dining street style and literally gorge on real Chinese delights then visit China town. From hawkers to kiosks, from small mobile cafes to restaurants Chinatown has it all. A haven for foodies you can enjoy the mouth-watering dish in this ever-crowded market.

There are plenty of things to do in China town if you love to go on binge shopping especially those items which are affordable and can give you inwards into a good bargain. Clothes, accessories, bags and much more, this place is ideal if you have those negotiation skills you are willing to use.

3. Amphitheatre – A peek into the amphitheater will open the doors to the culture and heritage of Singapore. Visit here and witness the 20-minute night show full of creatures painted and adorned to become and look attractive. This interactive show is surely one of the many visits you need to take to see something that is different and unconventional.

4. Universal studios – Don’t even think of missing this wonderfully put together a studio that has all the prime characters of the Universal studios merged into one journey full of fun rides and excitement. The Battle Star Galactica is easily the prime attraction amongst the several rides bound to keep your adrenaline pumping.

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Best restaurants to eat in and near Merlion Park

1. Alt Pizza – If you love your pizzas straight out of the oven then this is the place to be. A contemporary pizza place with not so exorbitant prices. The Pizza station also gives you the liberty to create your own pizza with the number of combinations exceeding your expectations.

2. Forlino – The Italian fine dining destination with elegant interiors and stunning views of the Marina Bay is your journey to the most genuine Italian dishes which are prepared and curated by award-winning chefs. The vast menu put together by the restaurant covers everything that you have ever asked for.

3. The Lighthouse Restaurant and Rooftop bar – Get the grand views of Singapore at this restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine with specialties. Get mesmerized with the breath-taking views of the skyline of Singapore and the Marina Bay waterfront.

4. Saint Pierre – One of the most intimate dining options in Singapore the subtle Saint Pierre has a lot of French-inspired dishes along with Modern European and vegetarian-friendly options. The restaurant is also a kid-friendly zone as well as suitable for those who want to engage in personal conversations and romantic nights.

5. The 100th Starbucks Store Fullerton Water Boat House – Located close to the Fullerton Hotel and the Singapore River, Starbucks coffee shop is one of the most favourite hotspots to be visited. A great location for a quiet coffee and conversations, visit this star bucks for drooling snacks and rejuvenating coffee.

6. Shoukouwa – An intimate fine dining located very close to Merlion Park, one can explore a great variety of seafood which it is famous for. The specialties here are the classic Japanese Sushi which comes prepared fresh and yummy. To heighten your gastronomic experience, visit this elegantly decorated restaurant which is a must-visit if you are a sea-food aficionado.

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Best Hotels to Stay near Merlion Park

1. Ritz Carlton, Millennia – It is one of the best options for visitors who love a lavish sophisticated stay. Apart from the Merlion Park, the hotel is close to several other wonderful sight-seeing options. The decor of the rooms spells luxury with ultra-stylish interiors and amenities that will make you comfortable. 

2. Fullerton Hotel Singapore – The neo grand classical landmark of Singapore, the hotel offers diverse accommodation options, Rolls Royce Privilege, a lifestyle package and the assurance of an opulence stay. There are a lot of local attractions close by and its tour will be arranged by the efficient staff in the Hotel.

3. Marina Bay Sands One of the most popular and iconic hotels of Singapore, the sprawling hotel features 2561 rooms with a host of entertainment options like gambling, sampan rides and ice-skating. The prime attraction of this location is its rooftop infinity pool which is considered as the world’s largest infinity pool.

4. Pan Pacific -Located in the Central district of Singapore, explore this towering luxury with world class amenities and signature dishes served exclusively at the comforts of the hotel. This 5 star property offers dynamic views of Singapore and located close to the best sites in Singapore especially the Marina Bay.

5. The Westin – Located in the vicinity of Marina Bay, plan your stay at the Westin to experience bliss and peace. Great location with great food at the in-house restaurant is some of the added attraction of this wonderful hotel.

6. Fairmont – Located in the heart of Singapore, this upscale accommodation has 769 ultra-luxurious rooms and suite featuring comfortable style and international designs adorning the room. The spa at the Hotel has several treatment options available and also is Asia's largest Spa.

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Tips for Visiting Merlion Park

- If you plan your trip between May and September you are set to enter a time with the maximum number of tourists. This is perhaps a great time to visit here because this is the main tourist season in Singapore with many ongoing festivals like a food festival and the Singapore Grand Prix.

- Do not plan your trip to Merlion Park during the period between October and January as your plans will be hampered with the intermittent showers and rains.

- If you have decided to go for the summer, do not forget to pack sunscreen and lotions to save you from the attack of heat.

- While you are there buying a souvenir is a must as you will get a wide variety of curated from different artists.

- Some of the cafes serve exemplary meals hence getting there and not having any will be a major loss.

- Nighttime is obviously a good time if you can manage the crowd but do not miss the light show which will be a fond remembrance for your memory.

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Point of Interest for Merlion Park
Take Countless Pictures

Take Countless Pictures

You can take pictures with the Merlion statues, with the cub and the lion for keepsake. You can try out different tricks in photography especially the famous picture pose of showing that water is sprouting from your mouth and not the Lions!

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Sunset by the Bay

Sunset by the Bay

It will be a crime to miss the sweeping sunsets of the bay while you can sit by the banks to engage your senses to seep in the evening sun. The sight is impressive for sure and if you are travelling there in the evening do not miss to capture this.

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Bumboat Ride

Bumboat Ride

Hop on the relaxing river cruises from Merlion Park and explore various other locations near the Merlion Park. The impressive skyline and the shiny Singapore river water is all you need to make this a memorable one.

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Spectra Light and Water Show and a Live Band

Spectra Light and Water Show and a Live Band

Enjoy the evening’s glittery light show with amazing laser technology to make your evening worth. You could also sit there comfortably and listen to the band of live music playing your favourite song.

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Merlion Park FAQs

Why is Merlion the symbol of Singapore?

The body symbolises the humble start of Singapore primarily being a fishing village called Temasek meaning Sea town. The head of the statue represents Singapura which is also known as the lion city in their local language. The statue was built by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng and is facing eastward marking the very auspicious nature of its positioning.

The Earlier statue was located in a different location and when it was shifted in 2002 to the Merlion Park, the tradition of facing the statue eastward is still intact. It is considered in the significant landmarks of the world.

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Why is Singapore called the Lion City?

The name Singapore comes from Singapura which means lion city. In 1299 a prince named Sang Nila Utama ruled the empire wanted capital for his region. In his quest to search for capital, he went to explore Sumatra and his expedition brought him to a terrain which was used for hunting. While he was chasing a deer, his attention was caught on a white beach and his minister enlightened that it was Temasek or the seaside town.

In their journey to explore the land, they sailed on the boat which was caught in the storm. While they somehow reached Temasek, they spotted a strange-looking animal with an orange body and blackheads. His minister guessed it was a lion, which was considered a good fortune back then. This made him rename the city to Singapura.

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How do I get to Merlion Park?

The Merlion Park is located near Marina Bay which is considered the most popular location in Singapore. The nearest station near Merlion Park is the Raffles Place MRT. From the Raffles place MRT, you need to cross certain streets to go towards Fullerton road.

If you are coming from the airport, you will easily find airport shuttles that take you to and fro the locale. If you want to use the metro from Changi airport, then a Changi airport metro also will bring you to the Raffles metro.

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Where is the lion statue in Singapore?

The iconic half lion and half mermaid statue resides at the Waterfront Merlion Park. The statue is believed to bring good luck as it faces east which is considered auspicious. The Merlion Park is located in One Fullerton road in the prime location of Singapore.

The lion statue also spouts water from its mouth and is a must-see icon. The location also has advantages because it has a host of other doable things and famous hotels and restaurants close by for you to enjoy and have fun.

How do I get to Merlion Park from MRT?

If you are at MRT and you are looking forward to exploring the Merlion Park then public transport is not a concern at all. To get to the Merlion catch the MRT to Raffles Place station on the East-West Line. You will have to take the exit towards the United Overseas Bank Plaza and when from the central part of the plaza you will clearly see the Fullerton Hotel which is one of the most sought after Hotels in Singapore. Behind the Fullerton Hotel is the Merlion Park.

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How tall is the lion statue?

The Merlion is made up of cement fondue and the skin is made of porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups. The Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 meters high and weighs about 70 tonnes. 

What does the lion logo stand for?

The Lion head symbol was introduced in Singapore in 1986 and it was considered a good logo mainly because it represents the true meaning of Singapore as the Lion city. The national identity of Singapore is now the Lion logo because the original name was Singapura which means Lion. The logo is considered powerful and symbolic of Singapore’s real and true identity.

What are the timings of the Spectra – A light and Water show?

One of the best parts of being in Merlion Park is being able to attend and witness the lights and water show that is showcased. Every show of Spectra is a 15-minute wonder which will leave you in complete awe. The show runs on all days but the timings do vary.

From Sunday to Thursday you can watch the show at 8 pm and 9 pm respectively. If you are not available on these days, then for Friday and Saturday, the shows take place in three different timings, that is at 8 pm, 9 pm and finally at 10 pm.

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