INTRODUCTION: SINGAPORE’S
MOST WELL-KNOWN ICON

The legendary Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s body – as a guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as an important seaport. The lion head depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of lion (singa) and City (pura) while the fish tail symbolises the fishing village of ‘Temasek’, also known as ‘sea-town’ in Javanese. Today, the majestic Merlion is a Singapore icon attracting visitors from all around the world.

If you walk past some of the significant sites in the Lion City, you’ll meet more than one Merlion. There’s the 8.6-metre porcelain statue at Merlion Park, another 2-metre cub porcelain statue right behind it, a 3-metre polymarble statue at Tourism Court as well as another one of the same height on Mount Faber. Last but definitely not least, there’s the majestic 37-metre-tall concrete Merlion on Sentosa Island.

Unlike its predecessor by the Esplanade, Sentosa Merlion distinguishes itself as the only Merlion in Singapore where you can discover the urban myth and uncover treasure within its attraction trail.

FACTS & DESIGN

Completed in 1995, Sentosa Merlion was designed and sculpted by an Australian Artist, James Martin.

Positioned at the heart of the island, the Sentosa Merlion stands on a base that resembles the bagua* which is believed to bring about prosperity and affluence. Each of the majestic creature’s 320 scales is shaped like the bagua too.

And if you pay close attention to more intriguing details inside, you’ll notice that each of the Sentosa Merlion’s teeth represents a different ethnic group in Singapore – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian – signifying prosperity for all citizens of Singapore.

Standing strong and majestic, this must-see icon is still, by far, the largest and tallest Merlion in Singapore.

*Bagua is an auspicious tool used in Feng Shui to direct energy towards prosperity.

THE ORIGINS

Reigning in full glory with a protective nature, Sentosa Merlion truly embodies prosperity in every sense.

Legend has it that the Merlion would visit Sentosa island every year to guard Singapore’s well-being. One dark night, the island was threatened by a violent storm and the Merlion fought the thundering skies with its mythical powers and preserved the land.

This mighty legend remained permanently on the island through the years to protect Singapore by watching over the ever changing skyline of the Central Business District and harbour, as well as the country’s economic growth through numerous financial crises. It’s no wonder Singapore’s economic stability has much to do with this endearing national symbol.

If you stand on the Merlion’s head, you will be towering at 60 metres above sea level, allowing you a magnificent view of Singapore Island and the Central Business District. This is likened to the Merlion watching over Singapore.

Myth or truth, come and see, hear, touch, and feel the grand presence of the regal icon yourself.