The Merlion is an iconic symbol of Singapore. It’s a unique and instantly recognizable statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, representing Singapore’s origins as a fishing village (the fish) and its name, which means “Lion City” in Malay (the lion). It’s a must-see for travelers because it encapsulates the spirit and identity of Singapore. Many tourists take photos with the Merlion as a memento of their visit.
Merlion Park is located at One Fullerton, near Singapore’s central business district. It is not directly outside any MTR stations. Going there needs a little research if you don’t want to waste your time by getting lost. We went there via MRT – the direction below is based on our experience.
How to Get There
By MRT: The closest MRT station is Raffles Place – Green Line. Go out to EXIT G in the direction of the United Overseas Bank Plaza. When you go out of the MRT station walk to the right going to the river. Once you are in front of the river, go left. Then, walk along the river in the direction of One Fullerton Hotel. If you walk next to the hotel cafe, you are in the right direction. When you reach the highway, look for the sign “Merlion” the arrow will lead you to go down the stairs of the bridge. From there you can see the Merlion statue.
By Bus: The closest bus stop is Fullerton Square. Take Bus No. 10, 100, and 75 to reach Merlion Park.
Things to Know Before You Go
The park is open and free to visit. Merlion Park, where the statue is located, offers stunning panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and landmarks, including Marina Bay Sands and the central business district.
Merlion Park is a very popular place to take selfies; bring a camera, and be prepared for crowds. Also, you can take a picture of Marina Bay Sands from there.
Merlion Park, where the statue is located, offers stunning panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and landmarks, including Marina Bay Sands and the central business district. The park provides a peaceful and scenic backdrop for photos, and it’s particularly beautiful in the evening when the city lights up.
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.
In summary, visiting the Merlion and exploring the Singapore River Walk is a chance to experience both the modern, iconic side of Singapore and its rich historical and cultural heritage. These attractions offer beautiful views, photographic opportunities, and a deeper connection to the city’s past and present.
If you have questions let me know in the comment section below. You can also check: 3D2N SINGAPORE Travel Guide, Itinerary, and Expenses
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