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Things to do & Places to see in Singapore



The Lion by the Sea

If you haven’t seen the Merlion, you haven’t fully seen Singapore. An imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, the Merlion is the most important trademark, and symbol of the country.

The original statue at the Merlion Park measures 8.6 metres high and weighs 70 tonnes, and is one of Singapore’s most well-known icons. The lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the "Malay Annals", and the fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (meaning “sea” in Javanese) by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it “Singapura” (meaning “lion city” in Sanskrit).  

The Merlion is representative of Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village, and is a national icon that you must visit on your trip here. Don’t forget to capture a view of the seafront and the Merlion set against the backdrop of skyscrapers in Singapore’s Central Business District while you’re here.

The Merlion can also be found at Sentosa.

Essential Information

Opening hours
Daily 7am - 1am
Admission fee
Free admission
Family friendly, Disabled access
Good for
Culture, Art, Local Flavour
Recommended for
Harbour view


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