About Merlion Park Singapore
This is a popular venue for a diverse range of community events, serving as an important recreational hub in the Chinatown area. Located an easy stroll from the sights and attractions of Marina Bay and just a few minutes from Singapore’s Downtown Core, Hong Lim Park is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Singapore Merlion
With the head of a lion and body of a fish, the Merlion represents Singapore’s humble maritime beginnings and is regarded as the city’s icon.
As the most renowned Merlion statue in Singapore, it takes pride of place at Merlion Park. Made of cement, porcelain plates and red teacups, it stands 8.6 metres tall and weighs an impressive 70 tons. Its smaller, two-metre cub stands just behind it.
Both the large Merlion and its cub are aligned to face east (in keeping with Feng Shui guidelines), with the famous Merlion spouting a steady stream of water into the mouth of the Singapore River.
The Merlions are a delight to tourists and locals alike, so no matter what time of day or night you visit Merlion Park, you will be sure to encounter their many adoring fans. Make sure to take your camera and snap a shot with Singapore’s famous icon during your time in the city.
Moving the Merlion
There’s no denying it – the Merlion and its cub are big! But that didn’t stop the authorities relocating them 120 metres away from their original position when the completion of the Esplanade Bridge meant the statues could no longer be seen from the waterfront. At a cost of S$7.5million, there’s nothing Singapore won’t do for its beloved icon.
Make a day of it
Just a short walk from PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore’s Merlion Park is conveniently located near numerous river boats, taxis and cruises on Marina Bay. Once you've seen the statues, not make your way further up the river and explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay?