The 7 Merlions of Singapore

Did you know there are 7 Merlion statues in Singapore, however only 5 are recognised by the Singapore Tourism Board? The history of the merlion goes back in Singapore’s ancient times, where Singapore was known as Temasek. A Javanese prince discovered a mystical beast which he later learnt was a lion. Then he named this island ‘Singapura’ in Sanskrit which means Lion City. The fish tail of the Merlion represents Singapore’s earliest beginnings as a fishing village.

Merlion Park 
There are two located at Merlion Park, adjacent to One Fullerton. Designed in 1964, standing at 8.6 metres and weighing 70 tonnes the larger Merlion Statue was originally located at the mouth of the Singapore River. It then settled into its new home here at Merlion Park overlooking scenic Marina Bay. The Singapore Merlion is made of cement fondue, its skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

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The smaller statue is 2m tall, weighs 3 tonnes, and is commonly referred to as the “Merlion cub”. It is also inlaid with Chinese porcelain plates and bowls as part of its design.

 

Ang Mo Kio
A pair of 2.5m tall pink granite Merlion statues were built in 1998 by the Ang Mo Kio Residential Commitee and stands proudly along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, at the carpark entrance for Ang Mo Kio Blk 216-222, just next to Bishan Park. This costed $30,000 and rumour has it that the Merlions were almost removed as they are not authorised by the Singapore Tourism Board, who owns the copyright of the Merlion.

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Singapore Tourism Board HQ
A 3-metre tall Merlion statue is located outside STB’s office at Tourism Court. It is made in the Philippines from glazed polymarble, a type of plastic resin.

Mount Faber
A similar statue as above can be found on Faber Point at Mount Faber. It is owned by the National Parks Board and was installed in 1998, following the redevelopment of the park.

Sentosa Island
The Sentosa Merlion was sculpted to look like a King of the Beasts rather than a cat, and is the tallest Merlion of the lot standing at 37 metres. It’s also the only Merlion you can walk into. The cement tower is externally reinforced with a thin shell of concrete fitted with 16,000 lights that trace the outline of the statue at night.

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