Half Fish, Half Lion -Merlion Statue Singapore

Pre-Travel Guide

Where to stay?

I suggest you use AirBnB if you are looking to rent for houses or apartments that are affordable/cheaper yet comfortable. I personally stayed at Travellers Loft at Jalan Besar. 

Where to best exhange currency?

The best rate you can find will be through your local bank or if you are from Cebu city I can suggest in Ayala Mall (Dropby forex exchange) or Raintree mall ( Alco Credit and Money exchange). (P.S. Do not exchange in the airport because the rate will have a big difference.)

Do I need visa to enter Singapore?

If you are a Philippines Passport Holder like me then you do not need too but be sure that your passport is valid for 1 month counting from the first day of your travel date. For more information check it here.

Half Fish, Half Lion -Merlion Statue Singapore

This statue can be found near Marina Bay. It can easily be seen by the naked eyes. This figure is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore, similar to other significant landmarks around the Singapore.

Its name combines “mer”, meaning the sea, and “lion”. The fish lower body part represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. Merlion’s head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura – meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”. The Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes.

At first, I really thought that this statue’s name can be read as “MerLiyon” but I have figured it out when I saw the statue myself. I did also think that it is half mermaid and half lion.

I do not really understand why it spouts water from its mouth.

Merlion Statue Singapore

Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Location: One Fullerton, Singapore

Merlion Statues 

Location of some Merlions in Singapore

  • Statue at Merlion Park.
  • The cub statue standing behind the original statue.
  • Merlion at Sentosa Island.
  • The poly-marble statue at Tourism Court (near Grange Road).
  • The poly-marble statue placed on Mount Faber’s Faber Point.

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